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June 30, 2008

Knesset Bans Membership for Visitors to Enemy Countries



(IsraelNN.com) The Knesset has passed the second and third readings of a bill to keep people who make unauthorized visits to enemy countries from being elected to Israel's parliament.

Member of Knesset Zevulun Orlev, who sponsored the bill, said, after the first reading of the bill, that it is "designed to guarantee the faithfulness of Knesset members to the State of Israel as a Jewish state."

Under the law, visitors to enemy nations are banned for seven years from running as candidates on party lists for the Knesset



Wow just as my old coach used to say even a blind squirrel catches an nut once in a while, the Knesset for the first time in a long time gets something right.

The problem is they have left an out in the bill that will allow the high court to certify a Knesset member fit to sit in the Knesset in spite of visiting our enemies.

I would like to see this bill applied to Beilin, Peres and the rest of the Labor party that met with the PLO while it was still a crime, of course I still think it should be a crime.

Sunday, June 29, 2008 Senior wanted PA police office caught with new stolen Mitsubishi Pajero

Senior wanted PA police office caught with new stolen Mitsubishi Pajero
Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 29 June, 2008

Maariv correspondents Avi Ashkenazi and Yuval Goren reported in today's
edition that Israeli Border Police forces with the assistance of vehicle
tracking from Ituran, detained a senior police officer in the PA, a relative
of Marwan Barghouti, as he was driving his family to a wedding in an Israeli
2008 Mitsubishi Pajero that had been stolen a week earlier in Caesarea.

The PA police officer had been on the wanted list of the ISS (Shabak) for a
long time.

"The jeep that was stolen in Caesarea was transferred to Ramallah and
upgraded and turned into a Palestinian police car," said the representative
from Ituran. "They put on PA Police license plates, installed a
communications system, a siren and blue [police] lights."

PMW Bulletin: PA leaders: Quntar a hero


Sunday, June 29, 2008


Bulletin June 29, 2008Palestinian Media Watch
PA leaders: Quntar a hero
by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
Palestinian Media Watch:
p:+972 2 625 4140 e: pmw@pmw.org.il
f: +972 2 624 2803 w: www.pmw.org.il

According to the Palestinian Authority leadership, Samir Quntar epitomizes
the ideal Palestinian prisoner. Quntar, who crushed the head of
four-year-old Eynat Haran with his rifle, is serving four life sentences for
murder in an Israeli prison, but is almost certain to be freed in a prisoner
swap with Hizbullah this week.

On one hand, Quntar embodies what the PA considers the "heroism" of
terrorists fighting Israel. On the other hand, he's the ultimate symbol of
all terrorist prisoners who have murdered Israelis and will eventually be
freed as a result of future kidnappings or through some other means.

PA TV, controlled by Mahmoud Abbas, broadcast the following picture honoring
Quntar. He is depicted beside a map of Israel completely covered by the
Palestinian flag.

[PATV, 23-25 June 2008]

Following are several recent quotes from PA leaders since April 2008,
describing Quntar:
"Samir Quntar, the warrior from Lebanon."
"The brave warrior, Samir Quntar."
"The Palestinian people and the Palestinian leadership are standing behind
you (Quntar)."
"You (Quntar) are an inseparable part of the action to free our homeland."
"Your (Quntar) patience and strength are a lesson for us."

Besides bludgeoning Eynat Haran to death with rocks and his rifle, Quntar
killed her father and was responsible for the death of her infant sister. He
also killed two policemen in the 1979 attack in Naharia. The Israeli
cabinet today approved a prisoner exchange that would free Quntar and
several other prisoners in exchange for Israeli soldiers Eldad Regev and
Ehud Goldwasser, who were kidnapped by Hizbullah in 2006. The exchange could
happen within the next few days.

June 29, 2008

Sunday, June 29, 2008 West Bank torturers funded by Britain

[Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA: "Hamas, a conservative Islamic party" -
"Although the Klu Klux Klan, a conservative American social club...."]

West Bank torturers funded by Britain
Marie Colvin The Sunday Times June 29, 2008
www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article4232022.ece

Millions of pounds of British government money is going to Palestinian
security forces which use methods of torture including hanging prisoners by
their feet and putting them in "stress" positions for hours at a time.

Evidence to be published next month in a report by Human Rights Watch was
corroborated last week in interviews by The Sunday Times with victims in the
West Bank, ruled by President Mahmoud Abbas's western-backed Palestinian
Authority.

Prisoners who have emerged from Palestinian Authority jails - many of whom
have never been charged with any offence or even seen a lawyer - said they
had been subjected to mock executions, kicked, punched and beaten with
sticks, plastic pipes and hoses.

The disclosures came at the end of a week in which a Berlin conference of 40
donor nations, including Britain, pledged GBP121m over the next three years
to bolster the Palestinian security forces and judicial system in the West
Bank.

Of this total, about GBP20m will come from Britain, which is already
committed to spending GBP2.7m on the training of Palestinian security forces
this year. A British brigadier based in the West Bank city of Ramallah is
involved in the training. Britain has set aside a further £4.5m for reform,
civil justice and public prosecution over the next three years.

A total of GBP4 billion overall has been promised to the government of
Abbas, who is the commander-in-chief of the Palestinian security forces.

Western support for Abbas's security forces is part of a strategy to isolate
Hamas fundamentalists who seized control of Gaza last year.

However, many of those detained on suspicion of links to Hamas described a
form of torture called "shabah" in Arabic - being forced to hold stress
positions for prolonged periods.

Some have been made to stand with one leg and one arm raised for hours.
Others have had to sit on the edge of a chair with their hands tied to their
feet.
Amar al-Masri, 43, a Nablus businessman who is married to Kholoud al-Masri,
an elected Hamas municipal official, has been held since last month in
al-Jenid prison in Nablus. Last Thursday, his son Abdullah, 13, crossed off
day 54 on a calendar on the family's refrigerator.

"What is shocking me is that no charge has been addressed against my
husband," Kholoud said last week, sitting in her home in Nablus, a hijab
(head-scarf) covering her hair.

"He is in a Palestinian jail, but we don't know why." She has been allowed
to visit him only once.

"He said he was hung by his two legs by a rope connected to the ceiling,"
Kholoud said. The prisoner's lawyer said he had seen puffy wrists and legs
that supported the testimony, as well as scabs on his legs and hands.

A former prisoner, interviewed at a coffee shop near his third-floor flat in
Nablus after he was released at the end of a 50-day spell in prison,
described similar experiences.

"They arrested me on fantasy charges that I had rockets," said the
29-year-old law student, who did not want his name used out of fear the
security forces would come after him.

"They tied my hands behind my back, and the rope was connected to a pipe,"
he said. "They would stress the rope every 20 seconds. They said if they did
it more I would be paralysed."

He was eventually released without charge. "They [the security forces] told
me, 'You have been steadfast under torture so we have decided you are clean.
We will not bother you again.' " The Palestinian Authority denied using
torture in detention centres. "They are prisoners. We do not give them
chocolate and roses," said Akram Rajoub, head of preventive security in
Nablus. "But I can assure you that we don't use torture methods or shabah
methods."

The Foreign Office expressed concern at the Human Rights Watch revelations.

"The UK is concerned to hear reports of human rights violations in the
occupied Palestinian territories," a spokesman said. "We are committed to
reforming the Palestinian security sector."

British officials confirmed that the aid money pledged last week would be
going to the West Bank security forces, which locals said were engaged in a
crackdown on their political opponents in Hamas.

Although Hamas, a conservative Islamic party, was elected to power in
January 2006, it has been largely shunned by the West because it refuses to
recognise Israel or renounce violence.

Palestinian territory is virtually divided by internal disputes; Hamas's
writ runs in Gaza, while Abbas has appointed an emergency government
composed mostly of officials from his Fatah party in the West Bank.

A spokesman for the Department for International Development, which
administers the funds paid to the Palestinian Authority, confirmed that
money was going to West Bank security forces but said some of it would be
used to root out abuses.

"People are aware of irregularities in their behaviour . . . and that's why
we are investing in making them a more professional outfit and a more
accountable police force," the department said.

Human Rights Watch last week called for the aid going to the Palestinian
Authority security forces to be made conditional on effective efforts to
reduce arbitrary arrests and torture and on improving the system of justice.

Additional reporting: Nicola Smith in Brussels

Keep Your Dignity

Published: 06/29/08, 11:34 AM Cabinet Approves Hizbullah Prisoner Swap by Hillel Fendel

(IsraelNN.com) PM Ehud Olmert's cabinet voted 22-3 to approve the proposed exchange of five Hizbullah terrorists for kidnapped IDF reservists Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, who Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said are probably dead. Although the families of the two abducted soldiers were promised entry to the meeting before the vote, they only met with the PM after the cabinet meeting.

The three cabinet ministers voting against the deal were Ze'ev Boim, Roni Bar-On and Daniel Friedmann.

The proposed deal involves the release of five Hizbullah prisoners from Israeli prison and ten Hizbullah corpses, for the two IDF reservists. The two abducted soldiers have long been assumed to be dead, but now Prime Minister Olmert has all but confirmed this.

Among the five Hizbullah prisoners is Samir Kuntar, who not only murdered three Israelis and caused the death of a fourth - members of the Haran family and a policeman - but is also considered Israel's final hope of ever receiving information on captured IAF navigator Ron Arad. Arad was captured after his plane was felled over Lebanon in 1986 and was held by various terrorist groups; he was ultimately probably taken to Iran, and his whereabouts have been unknown for years.

The exchange is expected to take place within ten days, after President Shimon Peres signs a pardon for Kuntar.

Once again since they refuse to lead the leaders of Israel have placed Jews at risk.

Remember the Second Lebanon war it was started to try to return these soldiers to Israel and the leaders of Israel were unable or unwilling to lead the nation as real leaders should.

Now we are giving into terrorism and releasing scum with Jewish blood on their hands to get back the bodies of two brave soldiers.

I feel sorry for the families and I am not going to insult them by saying I feel their pain because I can't and I pray to G-D I never do, I say this as a parent that has all of my children at risk of being held hostage because of what they do in Israel.

Israel should prior to the release of the terrorist inject them with an agent that will not act for 3-4 weeks and then it kills them.

Israel then needs to go after the families of the terrorist that are holding Gilad Shalit and start killing the family members or just having them disappear.

The price of kidnapping and holding Jews hostage should be so high and painful to our enemies that they give up this tactic.

Parents make up your mind now for the sake of Israel and the Jewish people to hold onto your dignity and never beg the terrorist to return your child, it doesn't work. I can't remember ever that a hostage was returned to Israel by the terrorist in a kidnap scenario.

Remember when it comes to our enemies only one thing matters and that is victory.

June 27, 2008

MERF Appearance

For those who would like to hear me on the radio, I am very pleased to announce that I will be having a weekly appearance on the Middle East Radio Forum, the show is hosted By William Wolf.

The time of the show is 3pm EDT, 12 noon Pacific and Arizona, 9pm Israel, every Sunday. Please feel free to call in if you have any questions about my weekly comments. If you should happen to miss the show then you can go to the MERF web page and listen to me and other guest in the archives.

You can listen to the show by going to the host radio program web page http://kknt960.townhall.com/

Security Head Backs Freeing 'Bloodstained' Terrorists



(IsraelNN.com) National Security Agency director (Shin Bet) Yuval Diskin has eased his position on freeing terrorists "with blood on their hands" and now supports freeing those who pose a lesser security threat to Israel, the Hebrew newspaper Haaretz reported.

Ofer Dekel, government negotiator for freeing kidnapped soldiers, already has talked with Hamas leaders, through Egyptian mediators, about a proposal that Hamas release kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit in return for Israel's freeing terrorists directly involved in murder.

Has the last vestige of dignity left the leaders of the Jewish people ?

Is there no level that we can't sink beyond?

I asked an Israeli soldier on active duty in an elite unit if we should release terrorist with blood on their hand in exchange for hostages either dead or alive.

He responded but of course we should release them only after we have injected them with a poison that will kill them in about a month, he also said we should kill the families of the hostage takers just like the Soviets did in Lebanon.

Heard of any Soviet or Russian hostages lately?

June 26, 2008

Orthodox Jew Arrested For Holding Sign at Gay Parade



(IsraelNN.com) An Orthodox Jewish man was arrested and detained by Jerusalem police for holding a sign denouncing Thursday's parade of homosexuals on King David Street.

The parade, organized by the Jerusalem Open House organization, is set to begin at Independence Park at 5 pm in Israel's capitol.

What happened to freedom of speech?

Oh that's right it doesn't exist in Israel, except for the left and anti Israel radicals.

Speak up for the Torah and/or a strong Israel and you just might find yourself in the same cell as this gentleman.

IDF SPOKESPERSON'S ANNOUNCEMENT

Summary of Activity in Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley Region
(18-26.06.08)

During this past week, IDF forces continued operating against terror
infrastructures in the regions of Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley. IDF
forces arrested 53 wanted Palestinians in the area, among them three
"Tanzim" terror operatives who were involved in producing explosive devices.
Additionally, 9 explosive devices were detonated at IDF forces in Judea,
Samaria and the Jordan Valley.

Three Israeli civilians were shot and wounded - severely, moderately and
lightly - while hiking near the Israeli community of Halamish in Judea and
Samaria. The wounded were initially treated on location and later evacuated
by helicopter for further medical treatment in a hospital.

On Tuesday (24.06.08) during an overnight joint IDF and ISA activity in the
Rafidia neighborhood in Nablus, the terrorist Tarek Ahmed Jumea Abu Jali,
24, a senior member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror organization in
Jenin, and the leader of a squad planning a car bomb terror attack that was
thwarted, was killed. Abu Jali was killed in an exchange of fire that
erupted at the time of his arrest. It should be noted that Abu Jali
manufactured explosives and explosive devices, directed cells to perform
terror attacks in the area of Jenin, contributed to recruiting suicide
bombers and planned to perform a terror attack in the near future. The force
uncovered a big amount of weaponry in his apartment, including explosive
devices, an AK-47 assault rifle, ammunition and other military equipment.

This week, three riots took place in Ni'lin, west of Ramallah. Palestinians,
foreigners and Israeli civilians arrived at the scene, breaching a Closed
Military Zone, in an attempt to damage the Security Fence. The security
forces were obliged to respond with means of riot dispersal. During the riot
on Thursday (26.06.08), an IDF soldier and a Border Policeman were lightly
wounded by rocks hurled at them.

Ten road blocks were removed in the area of Ramallah this week. 100 road
blocks were removed thus far in the region of Judea, Samaria and the Jordan
Valley as part of the relief plan, authorized by the Minister of Defense and
the IDF Chief of Staff, and implemented in recent months.

June 25, 2008

New Website Marks Two Years Since Shalit's Kidnapping

(IsraelNN.com) A new Hebrew website has been launched to mark the second year since kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit was kidnapped by Gaza-based Arab terrorists. The site allows users to use images of Shalit in their own pictures in messenger networks and Facebook.

More than 100,000 surfers already have used the picture, with a salute stating "I am also waiting for Gilad. Shalit enlisted in an IDF tank unit in July, 2005 and was abducted in a cross-border raid June 25, 2007.

http://www.giladshalit.co.il/

Hamas Terrorists Split in Two



(IsraelNN.com) The military wing of the Hamas terrorist organization, Izz al Din al Kassam, has reportedly split into two factions. The source of the split was an attempted coup within the organization, leading to the formation of rival groups. The attempted coup was purportedly initiated by terrorist Muhammed Deif, a former Izz al Din al Kassam commander who is high on Israel’s wanted list.

Tensions between Izz al Din al Kassam members and the Hamas political structure has been eroded by attempts by Hamas "police" to arrest members for criminal activities in Gaza.

The effect the split will have on the ongoing cease-fire in Gaza is unknown as of yet.

June 24, 2008

One Rule And One Goal

Qassam lands in Sderot backyard

Ceasefire seems shakier than ever as Palestinians launch three Qassam rockets from Gaza. House damaged in Sderot, two women suffer from shock. Olmert: This is a blatant violation of ceasefire. Islamic Jihad vowed reprisal earlier for IDF operation in West Bank

Shmulik Hadad
Published: 06.24.08, 15:53 / Israel News

Ceasefire shattered? Residents of Israel's south were rattled to hear the 'Color Red' rocket alert sirens blare throughout their towns twice on Tuesday afternoon as Palestinian terror groups launched three Qassam rockets from Gaza. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

One of the rockers landed in the backyard of a house in Sderot, damaging the structure. No injuries were reported, though two women were treated for shock. The second rocket landed in an open area in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.

Half an hour later, the rocket alert system was activated two more times. The third rocket landed in the Sderot industrial zone. One man was evacuated to the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon after feeling pain in his ears.



Thursday to Tuesday a new record has been set for stupidity by Israeli leaders or rather I mean for a cease fire.

Well actually I mean both maybe a new record has been set for the shortest "ceasefire" but also after so many broken cease fires by the Arabs even entering into a ceasefire sets the bar very low for stupidity by Israeli .

One rule and one goal is how we should approach our relationship with Arabs never enter into ceasefire or peace treaty negotiations and always seek victory over our enemies.

America Funds Anti Israel TV

US-funded network airs anti-Israeli reports

New investigation into US government-funded Arabic news network reveals anti-Israeli content including Hizbullah leader's speech, live coverage of Tehran Holocaust deniers' convention
Yitzhak Benhorin

American taxpayers are paying for an Arab television network that broadcasts anti-Israeli diatribe, according to a joint investigation by 60 Minutes and ProPublica, an independent, non-profit investigative journalism newsroom led by Paul Steiger, former managing editor of The Wall Street Journal.
The anti-Israeli content was aired despite the fact that Al Hurra management promised Congress nearly two years ago that they would take measures to prevent such mistakes, which had occurred repeatedly before. The joint investigation will be broadcast on 60 Minutes on Sunday.

The Virginia-based Al Hurra was created four years ago by the Bush Administration to counter what was seen as an anti-American bias at Arab satellite news channels like the Qatar-based Al Jazeera. Nearly half a billion dollars has been spent since its inception and its top executive, Brian Conniff, assured 60 minutes that things had improved editorially.
But 60 Minutes and ProPublica monitored the broadcast last month and found a Palestinian guest named Hani El-Masri on its flagship show "Free Hour" calling Israel a "racist" state that is conducting its own "Holocaust" against Palestinians. His exact quote, unchallenged by the host or balanced by another panel member, was "(Israel) is the occupying and racist state that imposes the stifling and deadly blockade and perpetrates a holocaust against 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza."
Conniff, who speaks no Arabic, said he was unaware of this and after looking into the matter said, "Any implication that Al Hurra is anti-Israeli is absolutely wrong." Asked if this latest example is part of a pattern, Conniff told 60 minutes reporter Scott Pelley, "No. There’s absolutely no pattern." He points out that the previous examples were discovered a year and a half ago.
At that time, members of Congress threatened to hold up funding because Al Hurra broadcast a live hour-long speech by Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah – whose group is considered by the US to be a terrorist organization.
A few weeks later, an Al Hurra reporter named Ahmed Amin delivered a biased report from the Holocaust Denier’s Conference in Tehran. He said that while some participants were sure that millions of Jews died in Germany, "the group did not reinforce their statements with scientific evidence, but instead they were content to tell stories passed on to them by their ancestors."
Soon afterward, irate members of Congress were assured that Ahmed Amin would be fired, but the investigating groups learned that 18 months later he was still on the US government payroll. He was fired only after 60 Minutes and ProPublica began inquiring.
Larry Register, the news director of Al Hurra who made the decisions to cover both the conference and Hizbullah speech, was forced to resign. He defended his decisions by saying he was trying to make Al Hurra more credible and relevant to people in the Middle East, and that the Nasrallah speech was big news, pointing out that every other Arab channel carried it live. "I considered it newsworthy," he said.
Jim Glassman, who until last week chaired the US government’s Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees Al Hurra, said in response to the findings, "We are not allowed to provide a platform for terrorists. We are required to provide balance and objectivity. Our idea with Al Hurra was to create a network to provide high quality, professional journalism with American standards. I think we’ve done that."

But there are many critics of Al Hurra, including US diplomats, who complain in internal documents about the poor quality and lack of professionalism of the Al Hurra broadcast, overseen much of the time by non-Arabic speaking directors. Register's response to this was that governments and journalism don’t mix. "You can’t make independent decisions if you have a government over you telling you what you can and can’t do. It’s a no-win situation, as I painfully found out," he remarked.

June 23, 2008

Fight Fire With Fire

une 23, 2008 Process to Determine Status of Kidnapped Soldiers Began

June 23rd, 2008

IDF SPOKESPERSON'S ANNOUNCEMENT

Process to Determine Status of Kidnapped Soldiers Began

The IDF Chief Rabbi, Brigadier General Rabbi Avichai Ronski, received all
the information that is in the possession of the Security Echelon and the
Intelligence Branch, as to the status of the kidnapped soldiers; Sergeant
1st class Ehud Goldwasser and Staff Sergeant Eldad Regev.

The IDF Chief Rabbi began the process at the end of which he will determine
the status of the kidnapped soldiers.

The IDF Chief Rabbi is the expertise Jewish religious official in this field
and is expected to review the information transferred to him as well as
consult with various religious officials before reaching a decision.

The Head of Human Resource Branch, Major General Eliezer Stern, updated the
families of the kidnapped soldiers of the process and promised to update
them, thus any new information will be first and foremost revealed to them
including any decisions made.



As a parent of two children in government service in Israel, I can't even think of the possibility of my kids getting grabbed. But I have told my kids if they are grabbed, I will never beg for their release, that I would try to maintain some strength and dignity.

I would not want hundreds of terrorist to be freed to secure their release as these terrorist will just go back to being the scum that they are, and then place other parents in a position to grieve for their dead or kidnapped children.

I would only call on the Israeli government to show courage and to grab the leadership of Hamas and Fatah and to kill one every hour on the hour that my kid is being held. If this didn't work then I would ask the government to grab the family members of the Palestinian leadership and start sending back parts to the families.

This sounds cold and heartless but while America hostages were being killed in Lebanon, the KGB got Russian hostages back unharmed by doing just this type of operation.

Fight fire with fire and be strong and it will bring an end to kidnappings.

It's Past Due

Olmert courts Shas ahead of dissolution vote

Prime minister tries tempting religious party with NIS 1.5 billion in attempt to prevent approval of Knesset dissolution bill
Attila Somfalvi

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met Monday evening with Shas Chairman Eli Yishai in order to try and pusuade the religious party not to vote in favor of the Knesset dissolution bill this coming Wednesday.

Olmert met with Yishai to discuss Shas’ demand to enhance child welfare payments. Finance Minister Ronnie Bar-On expressed his opposition to the increase in the stipends and for this reason the prime minister suggested an alternative to their demands in exchange for their support.

Still, Yishai rejected Olmert’s proposal of registering the gains under Shas. Senior Kadima officials said that Olmert presented Shas with generous offers amounting to NIS 1.5 billion (approximately $445 million) in compensation for their backing.

“The prime minister is willing to transfer a lot of money to Shas, but they insist on receiving child welfare stipends. The problem right now is not money, but rather where the money will go,” said a Kadima official.

If Olmert’s standing was better in the eyes of the public, it is quite possible that he would have consented to Shas’ request. “He can’t do this now; it will look bad,” he explained.

Despite the lack of progress, Kadima members believe that the negotiations with Shas will continue in the upcoming days.

Shas has become the scale-tipper affecting the government’s future, after the Labor faction voted with to back the Knesset dissolution bill. Moreover, Labor Chairman Ehud Barak hinted during a party meeting that if Shas changed its mind, Labor would have to reassess its moves.

Sources close to the prime minister estimated that the bill for the Knesset’s dissolution will be approved in a preliminary vote and that Labor ministers will be fired. However, there could also be a situation whereby Labor ministers opting not to vote in favor of the dissolution will maintain their seats.

Olmert also found support amongst 100 Kadima activists invited to his residence in Jerusalem on Monday.

I don't think that Olmert is going to survive this attempt to get rid of him, however stranger things have happened in Israeli politics

Shas has to come under pressure from the public not to save Olmert, so I ask my Israeli readers to call Shas and ask them not to save Olmert no matter how much money he throws at them.

Send Olmert to the history books, it's past due..

June 22, 2008

Yesterday And Today More Of The Same

This last week, Israel entered into a "cease fire" with Hamas in Gaza.

This last week the portion of the Torah read in the synagogues around the world was Shelach Lecha ( Numbers 13).

The portion of the Torah deals with the sending of the spies into the Land of Canaan.

The spies came back with a report that indeed the land of flowing with milk and honey. However the majority of the spies also came back with the report that the people that live in the land are fierce and their cities are fortified and great.

But, Caleb the son of Yefunah, tried to stem the talk by saying "We should go up at once, and posses it, for we are able to overcome it"

But the other spies spread what the Torah called an evil report. They spread the lie among the people saying that the land is a land that eats up it inhabitants and the people in the land are of great stature.

Even worse these spies spread the report that compared to the people of the land, we viewed ourselves as grasshoppers and they saw us as grasshoppers.

So we were afraid to fight our enemies all those many years ago and again today we see the cowards for what they are.

The majority of the spies were cowards, scum and traitors, as today all the Knesset are cowards, scum and traitors.

We entered into a cease fire just a few days ago and today we learn that two major terror attacks were stopped by the Israeli security service and that smuggling of weapons into Gaza has increased.

Today we see ourselves as grasshoppers and the Palestinians see us as such also.

But as in the Torah their are those of us that see the truth, that we have strength and the ability with the help of G-D to defeat our enemies and to achieve victory over our enemies.

June 20, 2008

MERF Appearance

For those who would like to hear me on the radio, I am very pleased to announce that I will be having a weekly appearance on the Middle East Radio Forum, the show is hosted By William Wolf.

The time of the show is 3pm EDT, 12 noon Pacific and Arizona, 9pm Israel, every Sunday. Please feel free to call in if you have any questions about my weekly comments. If you should happen to miss the show then you can go to the MERF web page and listen to me and other guest in the archives.

You can listen to the show by going to the host radio program web page http://kknt960.townhall.com/

The Hamas Interest in the Tahdiya (Temporary Truce) with Israel

Friday, June 20, 2008


The Hamas Interest in the Tahdiya (Temporary Truce) with Israel
Jonathan Dahoah Halevi
Vol. 8, No. 4 19 June 2008
www.jcpa.org/JCPA/Templates/ShowPage.asp?DRIT=1&DBID=1&LNGID=1&TMID=111&FID=375&PID=0&IID=2181&TTL=The_Hamas_Interest_in_the_Tahdiya_(Temporary_Truce)_with_Israel

Hamas regards the temporary cease-fire as a tahdiya and not a hudna. A
tahdiya - "a period of calm" - is used by Hamas to describe a simple
cease-fire. A hudna implies recognition of the other party's actual
existence, without acknowledging its legitimacy.

In an interview with Al-Jazeera (April 26, 2008), Hamas leader Khaled
Mashaal clarified that for Hamas, a tahdiya is "a tactic in conflict
management." He added that it "is not unusual for the resistance...to
escalate sometimes and to retreat a bit sometimes as the tide does....The
tahdiya creates a formulation that will force Israel...to remove the
siege...and if it happens it will be a remarkable achievement."

Official sources in Israel have explained that Hamas' interest in a lull in
the fighting is a result of its "distress." But the organization did not
experience "distress." Hamas has introduced and maintained law and order in
Gaza, strengthened its overall control, suppressed opposition, and achieved
broad popular support for its policies.

An important objective for Hamas is winning the Palestinian presidential
election, which will be held when Mahmoud Abbas finishes his term of office
in December. The lull will permit Hamas to prepare the field to take over
from Abbas. Hamas is liable to claim that, according to Palestinian law,
administrative authority should be passed on to the chairman of the
parliament, who is a Hamas leader, or should be decided by the parliament
itself, where Hamas has an overwhelming majority.

One diplomatic consequence of the tahdiya will be increasing pressure on
Israel to accept a future reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah. That could
lead to increasing demands on Israel to negotiate a permanent status
arrangement with a joint Hamas-Fatah government, while Hamas remains
committed to its political program of the elimination of Israel.

The cease-fire also grants Hamas a golden opportunity to expand its military
build-up for the next round of terror and violence. Emulating Hizbullah's
strategy, Hamas is striving to acquire longer-range and more destructive
missiles to be used for deterrence and as a sword on Israel's neck.

After eight years of armed Intifada, countless Palestinian terrorist
attacks, and more than 7,000 rockets fired against civilians in Israel, the
Egyptian government succeeded in securing an agreement by Israel and Hamas
for a cease-fire that took effect at 6:00 a.m. on June 19, 2008. Officially,
the Israeli government argues that there is no understanding with Hamas, but
only with Egypt. However, that formalism is not necessarily the perception
of the international community.

The main terms of the unwritten agreement include the following:

All Gaza-Israel violence stops for six months. After three days, Israel will
ease its blockade of Gaza, allowing more vital supplies in.

A week later, Israel will further ease restrictions at cargo crossings.

In the final stage, talks will be conducted about opening the Rafah crossing
between Gaza and Egypt and for a prisoner exchange to free IDF soldier Gilad
Shalit, held by Hamas for two years.1

Hamas regards the temporary cease-fire as a tahdiya and not a hudna. The
difference between the two Arabic terms is substantial. Hudna means "truce,"
which is more concrete than tahdiya - "a period of calm" - which Hamas often
uses to describe a simple cease-fire. In traditional Islamic thought, a
hudna is negotiated between an Islamic entity and a non-Islamic entity, but
it can be reversed the moment the Islamic side has gained sufficient
strength to resume fighting. Nevertheless, a hudna implies recognition of
the other party's actual existence, without acknowledging its legitimacy.

A tahdiya has less standing than a hudna. Khaled Mashaal, Hamas' leader, and
his deputy in leadership, Musa Abu Marzouq, elaborated in recent months
their interpretation of a tahdiya. In an interview with Al-Jazeera (April
26, 2008), Mashaal clarified that for Hamas, a tahdiya is "a tactic in
conflict management and a phase in the framework of the resistance [meaning
all forms of struggle]." He added that it "is not unusual for the
resistance...to escalate sometimes and to retreat a bit sometimes as the
tide does....The tahdiya creates a formulation that will force Israel...to
remove the siege...and if it happens it will be a remarkable
achievement....We are speaking of a tactical tahdiya....As long as there is
occupation, there is no other way but resistance."2

When asked about Mashaal's "tactical tahdiya," Musa Abu Marzouq explained
that "the tahdiya is not a strategy or a goal itself, but it is a tactical
step in this conflict....Our goal is to liberate our land and to bring about
the return of our people. The resistance is a tool to reach this end."3

Official sources in Israel have explained that Hamas' interest in a lull in
the fighting is a result of the "distress" it has suffered from the extended
blockade of Gaza.4

Israel's policy did in fact cause difficulties for Hamas, but these
hardships do not explain Hamas' strategic motives for the lull. The
organization did not experience "distress" - neither in a strengthening of
the opposition to the Hamas administration, nor in an increase of popular
protests against it. In fact, the opposite is true.

Even the official Israeli evaluation of Hamas' first year of rule since its
military takeover in June 2007 suggests that Hamas has managed to introduce
and maintain law and order in the Gaza Strip, strengthen its overall
control, suppress opposition, and achieve broad popular support for its
policies.

Hamas' Motivation: Legitimacy and Recognition

Hamas' motives have nothing to do with "distress," but rather with
"opportunities" - that is, the objectives it seeks to attain in the
international arena and especially in its own internal political arena.
First, the lull in the fighting is meaningless for Hamas; it is not a
cease-fire or a truce, but a "temporary" cessation of hostilities with
Israel. Next, Hamas is not committed to continuing the lull when the six
months run out, and it can use any excuse it chooses to continue its
terrorist campaign: Israeli building in the settlements, Israeli measures
taken in Jerusalem, or IDF anti-terror measures in the West Bank. Hamas can
also send other Palestinian organizations to do its dirty work.

The tahdiya agreement for a lull is an important achievement for Hamas.
Hamas will gain the recognition it wants as the legitimate ruler of the Gaza
Strip. Despite the fact that the Israeli government has defined Hamas-ruled
Gaza as a hostile entity, Israel agreed to the continuation of trade with
it, and even recognized the hostile entity's authority to operate the Rafah
crossing. Hamas regards that as immensely important and wants to exploit it
as a lever to open the door to official relations with Europe, and to have
itself removed from the various lists of terrorist organizations.

Another important objective for Hamas is winning the Palestinian
presidential election, which will be held when Mahmoud Abbas finishes his
term of office in December. Hamas wants to present itself in the contest as
a legitimate ruling body worthy of inheriting the presidency. High-ranking
Hamas figures have already stated that the organization will not recognize
Abbas' authority as president after December 2008.5

Hamas is liable to claim that, according to Palestinian law, administrative
authority should be passed on to the chairman of the parliament, who is a
Hamas leader, or should be decided by the parliament itself, where Hamas has
an overwhelming majority. In other words, for Hamas, the lull in the
fighting will permit the movement to prepare the field to take over from
Abbas, thereby complementing its military takeover of Gaza. Hamas' challenge
is also the motivation behind Abbas' desire to talk to Hamas about reaching
an understanding about new elections, and it explains why Hamas has rejected
the suggestion.

Main Implications of the Tahdiya

Hamas wants to exploit the lull in the fighting to upgrade its status in the
international community in order to gain legitimacy for its campaign for the
presidency after Abbas' term is over in December 2008.

The cease-fire grants Hamas a golden opportunity to expand its military
build-up for the next round of terror and violence. Emulating Hizbullah's
strategy, Hamas is striving to acquire longer-range and more destructive
missiles to be used for deterrence and as a sword on Israel's neck.

Israel has acknowledged Hamas, albeit unwillingly, as the de facto ruling
power in Gaza. Israel's acceptance of the cease-fire is a blow to the
international war on terror and gives immunity to Hamas and other terrorist
organizations in Gaza, including al-Qaeda affiliates.

Another diplomatic consequence of the tahdiya will be increasing pressure on
Israel to accept a reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah in the
future.

That could lead to increasing demands on Israel to negotiate a permanent
status arrangement with the joint Hamas-Fatah government, while Hamas
remains committed to its political program for the elimination of Israel. It
is important to recall that the entire Israeli-Palestinian negotiating track
since the convening of the Annapolis conference was premised on the
exclusion of Hamas and the ultimate achievement of an agreement between the
Israeli government and the government of Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah alone.

Delaying the release of Cpl. Gilad Shalit to a later phase of the
Israel-Hamas arrangement can have a demoralizing effect in Israel, for it
sends a message that the recovery of captured soldiers is not the highest
priority.
* * *
Notes
1.
http://www.startribune.com/world/20167939.html?location_refer+World:highlightModules:3
2. http://aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/41C8CBD6-5D3A-4F4B-B952-CFBF766D6B6F.htm?
wbc_purpose=basic_current_current_current_Current
3. http://www.alwatan.sy/dindex.php?idn=32872
4. http://news.walla.co.il/?w=/22/1291534
5.
http://www.al-sharq.com/DisplayArticle.aspx?xf=2008,June,article_20080608_103
&id=worldtoday&sid=arabworld
* * *
Lt. Col. (res.) Jonathan D. Halevi is a senior researcher of the Middle East
and radical Islam at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He is a
founder of the Orient Research Group Ltd. and is a former advisor to the
Policy Planning Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Three Israeli Civilians Wounded, One Severely, in Palestinian Shooting Attack



June 20th, 2008

IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UPDATE

Three Israeli Civilians Wounded, One Severely, in Palestinian Terror Attack
near Halamish

Three Israeli civilians were shot and wounded, severely, moderately and
lightly, while hiking near the Israeli community of Halamish, in Judea and
Samaria region. The wounded were initially treated on location and later
evacuated by helicopter for further medical treatment in a hospital.

An IDF force that arrived at the location searched the area and rescued the
wounded. The rescue process was complicated due to the difficult terrain,
which limited vehicle access.

Two Israeli civilians were killed on April 25th, 2008 in another shooting
attack in the region, when a Palestinian terrorist opened fire from a short
range at Israeli guards securing the Nitzanei Oz industrial center, west of
Tulkarm, which employs hundreds of Palestinian workers.

June 19, 2008

Hamas TV Shows How To Kidnap Soldiers



(IsraelNN.com) Hamas television this week aired a simulated training exercise of terrorists kidnapping an Israeli soldier. The clip was broadcast on Monday, when all of the details of the truce understanding had been concluded.

The film showed the explosion of an IDF tank and armed Hamas terrorists snatching a soldier from the tank and then taking him to a secret hideaway. The same method was used two years ago to abduct kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, after Hamas and other terrorists staged a raid on IDF positions and killed two other soldiers.



This alone should be enough to stop any talks with the Palestinians to say nothing of all the rocket attacks.

Poor Israel is facing a doubtful future like a ship facing a storm without a rudder since we have no one with leadership capabilities in the Knesset.

Thank G-D, we can still pray.

June 18, 2008

PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY

Israeli Attitudes Toward the Closure of the Gaza Strip www.gisha.org/index.php?intLanguage=2&intItemId=1318&intSiteSN=119 · Commissioned by: Gisha-Legal Center for Freedom of Movement and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel · Survey Developed and Analyzed by Dahlia Scheindlin, "Research and Strategy International" · Data collection by Ma'agar Mohot, 1-11 June 2008 · N=600 (representative sample, Jewish Hebrew-speaking Israelis); margin of error: +/- 4.5%

...
List of Questions and Responses

1. Since Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip in June 2007, there has
been a full closure placed on the Gaza Strip, preventing the free entrance
and exit of supplies such as food, clothing, fuel, raw materials and
medicine, and preventing residents from leaving or entering Gaza. In your
opinion, what is the goal of the closure?
(responses prompted)
-Prevent the movement of goods or people who could endanger the security of
Israelis: 32%
-Place direct pressure on Hamas to change its policies: 27%
-Cause the residents of Gaza to bring down the Hamas regime: 26%
-Punish the residents of Gaza for the firing of Qassam rockets: 10%
(not read: Don't know/none of them): 5%

2. What are the chances that because of the pressure Israel is placing
on Gaza, the Palestinian residents will overthrow the regime and bring down
Hamas?
Very strong chance: 8%
Strong chance: 12%
Slim chance: 56%
No chance at all: 22%
---------------------------------
Total Chance: 20%
Total No Chance: 78%

3. In your opinion, is the following statement true or not true: "The
closure of the Gaza Strip primarily affects the civilian population - the
residents of Gaza - and creates hardship in their daily lives."
True: 79%
Not True: 18%

4. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: "The hardship
that the closure causes in the lives of Gaza residents is likely to cause
them to turn toward Islamic extremism."
Strongly agree: 28%
Somewhat agree: 32%
Somewhat disagree: 18%
Strongly disagree: 19%
---------------------------------
Total agree: 60%
Total disagree: 37%

5. In your opinion, has Israel's policy of closure in Gaza had a
positive or negative effect on Israel's standing in the world?
Israel's standing - much more positive because of the closure: 8%
Israel's standing - somewhat more positive: 13%
Israel's standing - somewhat more negative: 43%
Israel's standing - much more negative because of the closure: 24%
---------------------------------
More positive: 21%
More negative: 67%

6. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: "Pressure on
the civilian population of Gaza, including, for example, preventing medical
care for seriously ill patients who need to leave to receive medical
treatment, is justified if it weakens Hamas."
Strongly agree: 27%
Somewhat agree: 21%
Somewhat disagree: 25%
Strongly disagree: 24%
---------------------------------
Total agree: 48%
Total disagree: 49%

7. Over the last year, do you think Hamas has gotten stronger or
weaker?
Much stronger: 62%
Somewhat stronger: 21%
Somewhat weaker: 9%
Much weaker: 1%
---------------------------------
Total Stronger: 83%
Total Weaker: 10%

8. Do you think that the residents of the Gaza Strip deserve human
rights?
Yes: 76%
No: 23%

9. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: Those who
support human rights for Palestinian residents, including people who aren't
combatants, are against Israel.
Strongly agree: 24%
Somewhat agree: 14%
Somewhat disagree: 24%
Strongly disagree: 33%
---------------------------------
Total agree: 38%
Total disagree: 57%

10. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: "Because of the
closure on Gaza, the price of bread and basic goods there has risen
drastically, 95% of industry in Gaza is paralyzed, the middle class has
collapsed and patients are unable to leave for medical treatment. These
side-effects are justified, if the security of Israeli citizens improves."
Strongly agree: 39%
Somewhat agree: 24%
Somewhat disagree: 17%
Strongly disagree: 15%
---------------------------------
Total agree: 63%
Total disagree: 32%

11. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: "The closure
creates hardships for the residents and drives them to desperation, which is
likely to cause increased violence against Israel. Therefore, Israel should
ease the closure of Gaza."
Strongly agree: 16%
Somewhat agree: 18%
Somewhat disagree: 22%
Strongly disagree: 41%
---------------------------------
Total agree: 34%
Total disagree: 63%

12. Over the last year, do you think the security of the state has gotten
better or has it gotten worse?
Much better: 5%
Somewhat better: 18%
Somewhat worse: 32%
Much worse: 36%
--------------------------------
Total Better: 23%
Total Worse: 68%

13. Over the last year, do you think the security of Sderot and the
Israeli towns surrounding Gaza has gotten better or has it gotten worse?
Much better: 2%
Somewhat better: 5%
Somewhat worse: 17%
Much worse: 68%
-------------------------------
Total Better: 7%
Total Worse: 85%

Victory Is All That Matters

Wednesday, June 18, 2008 Brigadier General Yossi Baidatz describes massive Hezbollah war preparations in S. Lebanon in violation of UNSC Resolution

Chief of staff Ashkenazi: Cease-fire with Hamas will be 'short and brittle'
By Shahar Ilan Haaretz 18 June 2008
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/993721.html

Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi expressed skepticism regarding the long-term
prospects of the truce being negotiated between Israel and Hamas yesterday
at a meeting of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. The calm
currently being negotiated between Israel and Hamas will be "short and
brittle," Ashkenazi told the MKs, adding that it is important for Israel to
make the most of the expected lull in hostilities to prepare for a ground
offensive.

"We're on a collision course," he warned. He claimed that the surmounting
pressure of repeated IDF attacks played a part in making the cease-fire
possible.

Discussing the situation in Lebanon and Hezbollah, Brigadier General Yossi
Baidatz, head of the research division of Military Intelligence said that
"they are playing a game of cat and mouse with the United Nations Interim
Force in Lebanon."

Some 2,500 Hezbollah militants are operating south of Lebanon's Litani
River, in violation of the terms of the cease-fire that ended the Second
Lebanon War, Baidatz said.

Speaking to the MKs at the meeting, Baidatz told lawmakers that the Shi'ite
Islamic group has armed its men with thousands of guns and rockets, which
are distributed among 30 villages spread across the south of Lebanon.

He added that Hezbollah has built a series of bunkers up to 20 meters below
the earth. Each bunker is said to be equipped with a number of rooms,
showers and gun holes, so as to allow militants to remain underground for an
extended period of time. Such facilities allow gunmen to launch surprise
attacks and then immediately disappear underground. He added that an
elaborate system of elevators allows rocket launchers and mortar guns kept
in the bunkers to be raised above ground and fired by remote control.

At the same meeting, Ashkenazi said the army was prepared for any option
against Iran. "Besides the actions and sanctions against Iran, it is
important we remain ready for any options," he said.

Baidatz added that Hamas does not see itself as responsible, during the
expected calm, for preventing attacks by other militant Palestinian
organizations. One of Hamas' goals during the anticipated calm will be to
dig tunnels into Israeli territory that will enable it to to carry out
future attacks.



Will we every learn the lesson," when it is time to shoot, shoot. Don't talk".

This is one of my favorite movie lines that I picked up on and used it to teach survival skills to people around the world. This line by the way was in one of the Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns and was delivered by Israeli actor Eli Wallach.

This points out that our enemies never change and we must get back to the basic rule of wanting only one thing from our enemy and that is their defeat.

Victory is all that matters.

Long, But A Good Read


Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Caroline B. Glick: Shackled Warrior - Israel in bondage

June 17, 2008, 6:00 a.m.

Shackled Warrior - Israel in bondage.

An NRO Q&A
National Review Online -
http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=ZTVkMWYzYjRkOWViM2NmYzYyOTU3NTg5NThhMTNlYTc=

Caroline B. Glick is the deputy managing editor of the Jerusalem Post and
the senior fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs at the Center for Security
Policy. Author of the recently released book Shackled Warrior: Israel and
the Global Jihad, Glick recently spoke to National Review Online editor
Kathryn Jean Lopez about the region, the book, and the American presidency.

Kathryn Jean Lopez: Who is the shackled warrior?

Caroline Glick: The shackled warrior is Israel. Between the Israeli peace
movement, the local and international media, the U.N., Europe and the U.S.,
Israel is both forced to fight the war being waged against it with both
hands tied behind its back and to believe that it bears responsibility for
the genocidal anti-Semitism that has taken over the Islamic world.

Lopez: You recently wrote, "Today the Gaza strip is a terror state run by an
Iranian proxy." What can be done?

Glick: Iran's proxy - Hamas - must be defeated militarily. Israel must
overthrow its regime in Gaza by force of arms. And Israel mustn't agree to
simply replace Hamas with Fatah.

Fatah is an unacceptable alternative to Hamas for two main reasons. First of
all, Fatah refuses to fight Hamas and is far less popular than Hamas among
Gazans, so transferring control over Gaza to Fatah would simply permit Hamas
to regenerate and reassert control. Second, Fatah itself is a terrorist
organization. Even today with Hamas in power in Gaza, Fatah terrorists
continue to attack Israel with missiles from Gaza. Indeed, it bears
recalling that until its government was overthrown by Hamas in June 2007,
Fatah smuggled more Iranian weapons into Gaza from Egypt than Hamas did.

Lopez: How did Washington resistance to an Israeli victory come to be?

Glick: Since 1956, the U.S. has prevented Israel from achieving political
victory over its enemies, even as Israel has repeatedly defeated its enemies
militarily. This happened most recently in 2003. After Israel defeated the
Palestinian terror networks in the West Bank in 2002 and 2003, and despite
the fact that in the course of its operations Israel proved conclusively
that the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority was commanding and coordinating the
Palestinian jihad against Israel, the U.S. forced Israel to accept the Road
Map peace plan in 2003, and so forced it to continue to accept Fatah and the
Palestinian Authority as legitimate interlocutors that should be given
statehood, land, arms, money, and international legitimacy.

Lopez: But why won't Washington let Israel win?

Glick: For the U.S. to support an Israeli victory over its foes, Washington
would have to acknowledge that the war against Israel and the war against
the U.S. are one and the same. Such a U.S. move would also necessitate an
acknowledgement of the nature of the war that is being waged against the
U.S. Yet as the experience of the past seven years has made clear, the U.S.
prefers to ignore the identity of its enemy.

It is due to this stubborn denial of the nature of the war that the U.S. has
preferred to refer to the war as a "war on terror" instead of a war on
jihad. And it is due to this refusal to accept the nature of the enemy that
jihadist leaders and jihadist states are referred to as "extremists" or
"thugs."

Since embracing Israel as a crucial ally and not only letting Israel win but
encouraging it to do so would prevent the U.S. from continuing its policy of
denying the nature of the war, the U.S. has insisted on pretending that the
war against Israel is completely unrelated to the war being waged against
it. In short, ignoring the nature of the war against Israel is a central
component of the strategy of denying the nature of the war and so avoiding
the need to fight it in a coherent fashion.

Lopez: Is it counterproductive to criticize Washington? Isn't the White
House right now about the best friend Israel has?

Glick: The U.S. is certainly the best friend that Israel has, but that
doesn't mean that Israel should place the interests of the U.S. State
Department - which has been hostile to Israel since 1948 - above its own
interests. Neither Israel nor the U.S. benefits from such a policy.

I think that what is most counterproductive is embracing delusion. If the
U.S. got angry at Israel for pointing out a reality, would that make Israel
worse or better off than it is when it collaborates with the U.S. by basing
its policies on fantasy? I think that everyone is better off when we base
our strategic decisions on reality.

Lopez: Is there any hope for Israel in any of the presidential candidates?

Glick: Israel is at war. Its enemies seek to destroy it. The U.S. is at war;
its enemies - which are also Israel's enemies - seek to bring America to its
knees with the intention of eventually destroying it also. If an antiwar
candidate wins the presidential elections, and if anti-war politicians are
able to win filibuster-proof control over one or both houses of Congress, it
will be bad for Israel. Israel is the frontline state in the global jihad
and so it will be the first to pay a price for a U.S. capitulation. If the
counterjihad that Israel and the U.S. are fighting is the contemporary
equivalent of Vietnam for instance, then Israel is Cambodia.

But then, unlike the North Vietnamese, our common enemies have already
attacked on U.S. soil. And so in the event that the U.S. simply stopped
fighting, while Israel would be the first to suffer, the U.S. would also
suffer.

Moreover, unlike the South Vietnamese and the Cambodians, Israel is not
dependent on direct U.S. military assistance to defend itself. It only needs
spare parts. So if the U.S. cut and ran under an anti-war administration, if
Israel had good leaders, it would probably do just fine.

Lopez: Having been to Iraq and knowing jihad all too well, what's the
message you'd like to see U.S. politicians get?

Glick: I think that the work that U.S. forces are doing in Iraq is a
stunning achievement. The U.S. is beating back jihad in Iraq in a thousand
different ways every day. But U.S. success in Iraq is contingent upon the
Iraqis trusting America to stay the course. Everywhere U.S. forces are
approached by Iraqis who beg them not to leave. The message to U.S.
politicians is loud and clear - the U.S. has to stay engaged in Iraq and
throughout the region if freedom has any chance of taking root and beating
back the forces of slavery and jihad. The war is not about the suicide
bomber. It is about the mentality that produces suicide bombers and
replacing that mentality with the habits of liberty. And that takes time.

Lopez: Are you surprised we're not seeing the kind of suicide-bombing
violence in the U.S. that Israelis are used to? (I think about this question
every time I'm at Grand Central, Union Station, or Macy's .... or a
Sbarro's.)

Glick: In Israel we have managed to curb suicide bombers by, among other
things, placing armed guards at the entrances to our shopping malls and
cafes and parking garages. Actually it is worth noting that Palestinians
aren't the only ones who have to wait at roadblocks. Israelis have to be
inspected every single time we want to get on a bus or go into a mall or
grocery store.

What Israeli generals like former IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Moshe Yaalon
always say is that the drop in bombings in Israel is 100 percent
attributable to Israel's military success in fighting and penetrating terror
cells and preventing them from infiltrating into our cities and towns and
highways. It has nothing to do with the Palestinians' desire to attack us,
which has only increased over time. I think the same can be said of the U.S.
The U.S. has succeeded in foiling terror plots against it since 9/11. And it
is essential that those counterterror efforts continue because just
assessing the statements made and the actions taken by the likes of al-Qaeda
and Iran, it is clear that there has been no decrease in the enemy's
motivation to attack America.

Lopez: Has Europe betrayed Israel?

Glick: I think that the root of Europe's refusal to support Israel is
Europe's refusal to accept the true lessons of the Holocaust. The lesson
that Europe took from the Holocaust is that nationalism is bad. This of
course, is absurd. Nationalism is neutral. Its relative badness or goodness
is a direct function of how any specific nation behaves. The true lesson of
the Holocaust is that nations and individuals have a responsibility to
distinguish between good and evil and to support good and fight evil.
Israel's struggle against its neighbors, who refuse to accept it as a
sovereign state just as Europeans refused to accept Jews as individuals in
the 20th century, constitutes a moral challenge to Europe. And since Europe
has refused to discard its moral relativism for moral choice, Europeans
project their own moral blindness and weakness on Israel.

Lopez: Has it betrayed itself even more?

Glick: Pope Benedict XVI seems to think that Europe is betraying itself. And
I daresay that he is correct. When Europe attacks Israel in diplomatic
forums and in its media for defending itself against jihadist aggression,
Europe is really saying that it is capitulating to Islamic pressure. In
other words, the upshot of European attacks on Israel for targeting would-be
murderers of innocents is an acceptance of the justness of aggression in the
name of jihad. When Europe attacks Israel, it is saying that it prefers the
same aggressors who are burning cars every night in Paris suburbs to their
victims - whether they are Israeli or French.

It is notable that what we are seeing in European countries like Italy and
France is that there is a direct correlation between a state's willingness
to defend itself against jihadists and its willingness to support Israel,
(and the U.S.). In Italy for instance Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
announced that his first trip abroad will be to Israel. At the same time, he
is changing the rules of engagement for Italian forces in Afghanistan to
allow them to actually fight.

Lopez: How did a gal from the Midwest wind up in Jerusalem fighting jihad
with her laptop?

Glick: I was inspired by Zionism when I was a young girl and decided to make
aliyah - or move to Israel - when I was 12 and never changed my mind or
regretted my decision.

As to fighting jihad, well, this is a war about defending everything that I
believe in and care about. It seems to me that everyone who values freedom
has a duty to fight it in any way he or she can.

Lopez: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice hit Israel hard this
weekend. Was it fair? What would you have preferred to hear?

Glick: I have been so discouraged by Secretary Rice's policies that I cannot
say I am the least bit surprised by her obnoxious statements ordering the
Israeli government not to build homes for Jews in Jerusalem, our capital
city. I am similarly not surprised by her insistence that Israel give the
Fatah terror organization control over the West Bank. It has long been clear
that Rice thinks that making things "convenient" for Palestinians by
curtailing IDF counter-terror operations in the West Bank is more important
than safeguarding the lives of Israel's citizenry. It is also clear that
Rice finds it perfectly acceptable for the Palestinians - who she wants to
give a state - to base their nationalism on the negation of Israel's right
to exist. Hence she accepts their racist lies about Jerusalem not belonging
to the Jews and embraces the notion that a Palestinian state must be
ethnically cleansed of all Jews before it will be acceptable to the
Palestinians.

It doesn't matter to Rice that IDF military commanders are warning that
taking down roadblocks in the West Bank will just enable the Palestinians to
begin attacking Jerusalem and Israel's coastal plane with mortars and
rockets. It doesn't matter to Rice that Fatah - which through her good
offices the U.S. is training, arming and funding - has taken no action
against Hamas since she forced Israel to transfer security control over the
towns of Jenin and Nablus to Fatah control last month. Indeed, since she
last pressed Israel for dangerous and unreciprocated "confidence building
measures" towards the Palestinians, Fatah has begun to negotiate uniting its
terror forces with Hamas. And she has nothing to say about this

I would have preferred that Rice stop advancing the establishment of a
jihadist state in the West Bank to add to the jihadist state in Gaza which
was established under her good offices in 2006. I would have preferred that
Rice - and President Bush - stop placing the establishment of yet another
Palestinian jihadist state at the top of their "To do before leaving office"
list. But then, given her policies toward North Korea and Iran, I am not the
least surprised that she is acting as obnoxiously as she is.

Lopez: How bad would a President Obama be for Israel? Why should that
question matter to Americans?

Glick: Senator Barack Obama would be bad for Israel most of all because he
refuses to acknowledge that there is a jihad being waged against the free
world. Indeed, he refuses to acknowledge that there is such a thing as an
"enemy" in international affairs. And as a consequence, he is unable to
understand what an ally is. As the U.S.'s most stalwart ally in the Middle
East, and as the frontline state in the global jihad, Israel will likely
suffer greatly if Senator Obama is elected to the White House.

There are several reasons that Americans should care about the fact that an
Obama White House will be hostile towards Israel. First, when Islamists
perceive Israel as weak they become emboldened. And when they become
emboldened, they tend to attack not only Israel but the U.S. as well.
Indeed, some of the largest attacks against the U.S. - like the Marine
barracks bombing in Lebanon in 1983 - came when the U.S. was most hostile
towards Israel.

Second, when the U.S. places pressure on Israel, Israel is perceived as weak
by the Muslim world. And when this happens, the tendency for wars to break
out is increased. So when the U.S. has in the past blamed Israel for
regional instability - the Arabs and Iran - which are the actual sources of
that instability - exploit the situation by attacking Israel and sending the
region into a tailspin. One can for instance attribute Yassir Arafat's
decision to attack Israel in 1996 - an attack which left 15 Israelis dead -
to the Clinton administration's massive pressure on the new Netanyahu
government to accept the PLO as its "peace partner."

Finally, U.S. pressure on Israel tends to weaken Israel and as I have
argued, Israel is perceived by the jihadists as the frontline state in their
war, the ultimate aim of which is global domination and the destruction of
the U.S. So when the U.S. weakens Israel, the U.S. appears weak. Jihadists
are then emboldened to attack not only Israel, but also the U.S. This is
why, for instance, Shiite violence in Iraq rose steeply after Israel was
perceived as having lost the war in Lebanon with Hezbollah in 2006. And
Israel ended the war when it was under tremendous pressure from Secretary
Rice to accept a ceasefire that left Hezbollah fully intact and free to
rebuild its forces with Iranian and Syrian assistance.

All of this happened under U.S. administrations which in their day were
considered friendly towards Israel. If Sen. Obama, who is perceived as
sympathetic to the jihadists, is elected, the consequences of U.S.
appeasement of Iran and others at Israel's expense will likely be more
profound - both for Israel and for the U.S.

Peres confronts Arab League leader at Jordanian convention

President exchanges harsh words with Amr Moussa about Middle East peace in spontaneous heated debate during Petra Convention. Moussa: Israel all talk, doesn't want peace; Peres answers: How will Arab League prevent rocket fire?
Ronen Medzini

Open mic night Jordanian-style: President Shimon Peres on Wednesday confronted Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa during the Petra Convention in Jordan. The two exchanged accusations, inciting the audience.

When Peres concluded his speech, Moussa stood up suddenly and insisted on addressing the audience. He got on stage, seized the microphone and turned to President Peres, saying “I have listened to your speech. I admire you, love you and am your friend; but Israel is all talk. In reality, you don’t want peace, nor do you do anything to promote it.”


The secretary general went on accusing Israel, declaring: “You are expanding settlements, creating a new reality in the region and inflicting pain on the Palestinians. You haven’t even addressed the offer made by the Arab League, which includes a full peace agreement and complete normalization between Israel and the Arab world. And what has your response been? No response at all…We're not stupid Mr. President."


The audience cheered Moussa, but Peres fought back, reclaiming the stage. He grabbed the microphone and embarked on his own rhetoric: “I respect you, too, Amr Moussa, but am unwilling to accept your statements,” Israel’s president declared. “Those present in the room as well as the Arab League should know the real situation once and for all.


“I wish to remind all of you that Israel ceded entire communities during the painful Gaza pullout and received a rocket barrage in return. Why is Hamas firing at us? Why do they target the innocent? Israel wants peace and is working towards achieving it. Take Jordan and Egypt for example, with whom we have shared long peace processes. Israel will reach out for any peace initiative," Peres said.


"If the Arab League wants to offer us something – come to Jerusalem and speak sincerely and openly before the Knesset. I have one fundamental question for you – how are you going to prevent the rocket fire? How can you guarantee us that the Gaza situation won’t repeat itself? To that, Mr. Moussa, you have no answer,” Peres declared.


Peres won a standing ovation from the pro-Israeli audience in the convention. Later on, shouting and arguments ensued between the pro-Israeli and pro-Arab attendants.

June 17, 2008

Latest Palestinian Opion Poll

PSR Poll No. 28 12 June 2008 Palestinian Public Opinion Poll No (28)

These are the results of the latest poll conducted by the Palestinian Center
for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip
between 5 and 7 June 2008. Total size of the sample is 1270 adults
interviewed face to face in 127 randomly selected locations. Margin of error
is 3%.

For further details, contact PSR director, Dr. Khalil Shikaki, or Walid
Ladadweh at tel 02-296 4933 or email pcpsr@pcpsr.org.

5-7 June 2008

www.pcpsr.org/survey/polls/2008/p28e.html

00 )From among the following satellite news stations, which one you watched
most during the last two months?
8.6% 1) Al Arabia
54.8% 2) Al Jazeera
0.2% 3) Al Hurra
4.2% 4) Al Manar
8.9% 5) Palestine TV
12.1% 6) Al-Aqsa TV
6.5% 7) Do not watch TV
2.4% 8) Others
2.2% 9) Do not have a dish
0.1% 9) No Opinion/Don't know

01)Are you satisfied or not satisfied with the performance of Mahmud Abbas
since his election as president of the PA?
6.7% 1) Very satisfied
39.0% 2) Satisfied
35.7% 3) Not satisfied
15.7% 4) not satisfied at all
3.0% 5) DK/NA

02)If new presidential elections are to take place today, and Mahmud Abbas
was nominated by Fateh and Ismail Haniyeh was nominated by Hamas, whom would
you vote for?
52.1% 1) Mahmoud Abbas
39.5% 2) Ismael Haneyyeh
8.4% 3 DK/NA


08)Moreover, President Abbas appointed an emergency government headed by
Salam Fayyad. After the ending of the emergency period and due to the
inability of the PLC to convene, the government of Fayyad became a care
taker one. Do you approve or disapprove of the continued functioning of this
government?
3.8% 1) Strongly approve
37.8% 2) Approve
40.9% 3) Disapprove
10.4% 4) Strongly disapprove
7.1% 5) DK/NA

09)After the separation between Gaza and the West Bank, Hamas and the
government of Ismail Haniyeh remained in power in Gaza and considered itself
the legitimate government while president Abu Mazin formed a new government
headed by Salam Fayyad and it too considered itself legitimate. What about
you, which of the two government you consider legitimate, the government of
Haniyeh or the government of Abu Mazin and Fayyad?
29.4% 1) Haniyehs' government is the legitimate one
31.0% 2) Abu Mazin's and Fayyad government is the legitimate one
7.1% 3) Both governments are legitimate
28.0% 4) Both governments are not legitimate
4.5% 5) DK/NA


10)Fateh and Hamas and the two authorities in Gaza and the West Bank are
currently engaged in a competition to win public support and confidence
through the use of media such as Palestine TV and al Aqsa TV stations. When
you hear news from the two sides, which side you trust more, the news spread
by Hamas and Haniyeh's government or the news spread by Fateh and the Abu
Mazin's and Fayyad's government?
22.7% 1) Trust Hamas and Haniyeh's government
19.8% 2) Trust Fateh and Abu Mazin's and Salam's governemtn
3.9% 3) Trust both sides
49.1% 4) Trust neither side
4.5% 5) DK/NA


12)In general, how would you describe conditions of the Palestinians in the
Palestinian areas in the West Bank these days?
3.1% 1) Very good
21.8% 2) Good
27.3% 3) So so
28.8% 4) Bad
16.8% 5) Very bad
2.3% 6) DK/NA

13)Generally, do you see yourself as:
47.0% 1) Religious
49.6% 2) Somewhat religious
3.2% 3) Not religious
0.2% 4) DK/NA

14)Generally, do you see yourself as:
71.1% 1) Supportive of the peace process
13.7% 2) Opposed to the peace process
14.4% 3) Between support and opposition
0.8% 4) DK/NA


15)Do you think that there is corruption in PA institutions under the
control of President Abu Mazin?
76.9% 1) Yes
14.3% 2) No
8.9% 3) DK/NA

16)If yes, will this corruption in PA institutions under the control of
President Abu Mazin increase, decrease or remain as it is in the future?
47.2% 1) Will increase
13.0% 2) Will remain as it is
30.5% 3) will decrease
9.3% 4) DK/NA

17)Would you say that these days your security and safety, and that of your
family, is assured or not assured?
5.4% 1) Completely assured
38.0% 2) Assured
44.9% 3) Not assured
11.3% 4) Not assured at all
0.5% 5) DK/NA


18)How would you evaluate the current status of democracy and human rights
in the Palestinian Authority under Abu Mazin? Would you say it is:
4.0% 1) Very good
29.0% 2) Good
23.1% 3) neither bad nor good
26.9% 4) Bad
14.5% 5) Very bad
2.6% 6) DK/NA

19)How would you evaluate the current status of democracy and human rights
in the Gaza Strip under Ismail Hanyieh government? Would you say it is:
3.7% 1) Very good
19.1% 2) Good
15.4% 3) Fair
31.5% 4) Bad
22.9% 5) Very bad
7.3% 6) DK/NA


20)Few months ago, news emerged that mobile phones were smuggled from Jordan
into the Palestinian territories in the car of the former speaker of the
parliament Rouhi Fattouh. News were also reported about the arrest of the
driver for investigation while Fattouh announced his innocence and resigned
from his work in the president office. Do you believe the PA handling of
this episode demonstrates success on fighting corruption or success in
covering up corruption?
16.9% 1) certainly covering up corruption
41.9% 2) covering up corruption
25.2% 3) fighting corruption
2.7% 4) certainly fighting corruption
13.2% 5) DK/NO


21)As an exit strategy for the current crisis between Fateh and Hamas and
the split of authority, Hamas's position is to call for an unconditional
dialogue with Abu Mazin based on the current status quo. Abu Mazin's and
Fateh's position is that he would agree to such a dialogue but under one
condition; Hamas must first transfer control of the PA Gaza headquarters to
him and return to the status quo ante. Which of the two positions is closer
to your view?
32.7% 1) Hamas's position
37.1% 2) Abu Mazin's and Fateh's position
27.7% 3) I disagree with both positions
2.6% 4) DK/NA


22)Tell us how do you evaluate the performance of the dismissed government
of Ismail Haniyeh in the Gaza Strip? Is it good or bad?
8.8% 1) Very Good
27.7% 2) Good
21.7% 3) Neither good nor bad
25.9% 4) Bad
9.4% 5) Very Bad
6.5% 6) No Opinion/Don't know


34)Now 40 years after the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza
Strip, what in your view are the chances for the establishment of an
independent Palestinian state next to the state of Israel in the next five
years? Are they high, medium, low, or none existent?
31.6% 1) None existent
34.7% 2) Low
27.0% 3) Medium
3.0% 4) High
3.7% 5) DK/NA


35) According to the Saudi plan, Israel will retreat from all territories
occupied in 1967 including Gaza the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Golan
Heights, and a Palestinian state will be established. The refugees problem
will be resoved through negotiation in a just and agreed upon manner and in
accordance with UN resolution 194 which allows return of refugees to Israel
and compensation. In return, all Arab states will recognize Israel and its
right to secure borders, will sign peace treaties with her and establish
normal diplomatic relations. Do you agree or disagree to this plan?

7.5% 1) Certainly agree
59.5% 2) agree
22.4% 3) disagree
6.0% 4) Certainly disagree
4.6% 5) DK/NA

40) And what are your expectations regarding the chances for the success or
failure of the negotiations launched by Annapolis conference? Will it
succeed or fail in ending Israeli occupation?
0.7% 1) certainly will succeed
15.6% 2) will succeed
51.0% 3) will fail
25.0% 4) certainly will fail
7.7% 5) DK/NA

41) The joint statement issued by the Annapolis conference stated that the
two sides will seek to conclude the permanent status negotiations before the
end of 2008. Do you think they will indeed succeed in achieving that on the
period indicated?
0.5% 1) certainly will succeed
14.4% 2) will succeed
53.8% 3) will not succeed
25.6% 4) certainly will not succeed
5.7% 5) DK/NA


42)In your view, is it possible or impossible these days to reach a
compromise permanent status agreement with the Olmert government?
0.7% 1) Certainly possible
21.5% 2) Possible
47.5% 3) Impossible
27.6% 4) Certainly impossible
2.7% 5) DK/NA

43)With regard to meetings between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and PA
President Mahmud Abbas, do you see them beneficial and should be continued
or do you see them unbeneficial and should be stopped?
27.0% 1) Beneficial, and should continue
68.4% 2) Unbeneficial and should stop
4.6% 3) NO/DK


44)How soon do you think will a political settlement between Israel and the
Palestinians be achieved?
42.0% 1) A political settlement is not possible ever
21.9% 2) Only in many generations to come
8.9% 3) Only in the next generation
5.8% 4) Only in the next decade
15.6% 5) Only in the next few years
5.8% 6) No Opinion /Don't know


45)After reaching a peace agreement between the Palestinian people and
Israel and the establishment of a Palestinian state that is recognized by
Israel, how soon do you think will reconciliation between the two peoples be
achieved?
42.9% 1) Reconciliation is not possible ever
20.5% 2) Only in many generations to come
12.4% 3) Only in the next generation
6.3% 4) Only in the next decade
11.4% 5) On the next few years
6.5% 6) No Opinion /Don't know


46)There is a talk about conducting Palestinian-Israeli negotiations on an
interim settlement whereby a Palestinian state is established in the West
Bank and the Gaza Strip while other issues, such as refugees, would be
postponed. Other people prefer negotiations that would lead to a
comprehensive settlement that would lead to permanent peace and end of
conflict with all issues, including refugees, resolved. Which of the two
positions do you prefer: the interim settlement or the comprehensive one?
2.3% 1) definitely the interim
12.9% 2) the interim
60.2% 3) the comprehensive
20.4% 4) definitely the comprehensive
4.1% 5) DK/NA

49)Do you support or oppose the launching of rockets from the Gaza Strip
against towns and cities inside Israel, such as Sderot and Ashkelon?
17.3% 1) Certainly support
39.9% 2) Support
33.0% 3) Oppose
6.5% 4) Certainly oppose
3.2% 5) NA/DK

50)Concerning armed attacks against Israeli civilians inside Israel, I..
15.9% 1) Strongly support
38.9% 2) Support
37.2% 3) Oppose
4.5% 4) Strongly oppose
3.4% 5) DK/NA

52_1)If the ceasefire is restricted to the Gaza Strip, and does not cover
the West Bank, would you support or oppose it?
2.1% 1) certainly support
20.7% 2) support
64.9% 3) oppose
10.6% 4) certainly oppose
1.7% 5) DK/NA


52_2)What if the ceasefire did not stipulate an immediate opening of the
crossings, especially the Rafah crossing to Egypt, would you in this case
support or oppose it?
2.2% 1) certainly support
17.6% 2) support
64.7% 3) oppose
13.9% 4) certainly oppose
1.7% 5) DK/NA

54)What do you expect to happen between Palestinians and Israelis, if indeed
a cease fire agreement is achieved with Hamas?
19.9% 1) Negotiations will resume soon enough and armed confrontations will
stop
39.5% 2) Negotiations will resume but some armed attacks will continue
34.9% 3) Armed confrontations will not stop and the two sides will not
return to negotiations
5.8% 4) DK/NA

June 16, 2008

Condi Let the Palestinians Go

Rice: Extremely Important to Let Students Out of Gaza

(IsraelNN.com) US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice noted that it is “very important” to allow three Arab students and residents of terrorist-controlled Gaza to leave their homes and take up the prestigious Fulbright scholarships at US universities. Previously, the US expressed embarrassment on revelations it had withdrawn seven Fulbright scholarships from Gazan students as Israeli counterterrorism measures did not permit their exit from Gaza. "I consider it extremely important for these young people to be able to take up their fellowships," Rice said in an interview yesterday.

Peter Lerner, the Israeli civil affairs coordinator for Gaza, said security concerns were the reason the three students could not leave Gaza.



I agree the USA needs to import some more terrorist.

Please Condi can we have enough green cards to give you all the Palestinians.

Blessed Memory

Warsaw Ghetto Fighter Passes at 92

(IsraelNN.com) Stephan Grayek, one of the last survivors of the heroic Warsaw Ghetto uprising, died over the weekend at age 92. During the war, Grayek took advantage of his "Aryan" appearance to slip in and out of the ghetto, and fought Nazis with both Jewish and Gentile partisan groups. Grayek's wartime adventures are recorded in a Hebrew book, 'Shelosha Yamim Krav (Three Days of Battle)'.

Grayek was buried yesterday in the Herzliya Cemetery. He was survived by a daughter and son, grandchildren and a great granddaughter.

Rest in peace, may your fighting spirit become the norm in the Jewish people.

Nine Days

Knesset Votes Down No-Confidence

(IsraelNN.com) The Olmert government has squeaked by in another round of votes that rejected four no-confidence motions submitted by opposition factions on Monday.

The government is expected to face a more serious challenge on June 25, when a motion to dissolve the Knesset is likely to be proposed by the Likud and backed by the Labor and Shas parties, thus forcing new elections.


Give me a break!

Do we really think the government will fall in 9 days?

Why?

What is so special about sitting in that seat in the Knesset that you will maybe vote yourself out of a job in 9 days and not today.

Lets be honest the seats in the Knesset are very comfortable they have to be padded with all the cash the members of Knesset get in salaries and by other bonuses.

The food in the Knesset is great, just look at how over weight most members of Knesset are.

In 9 Days these cowards, scum and traitors are going to vote themselves out of a job, yeah right.

June 15, 2008

Condi, Truth And Facts Matter

The Jerusalem Post Internet Edition

IDF: Jenin forces not fighting terror
Jun. 15, 2008
Yaakov Katz , THE JERUSALEM POST

Hours after US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Jerusalem on Sunday, top defense officials and IDF officers slammed a recently-launched US initiative, under which Palestinian soldiers have deployed in Nablus and Jenin.

According to the officials, terrorist activity has increased in Ramallah since some 600 Palestinian soldiers were allowed to deploy in the West Bank city last month.

On Sunday morning, a 20-kilogram explosive device detonated next to an Israeli military force operating in the city without causing any casualties.

Sources in the IDF Central Command said that the large bomb was set off by an advanced detonation system.

"The PA forces in the city are not combating the terrorists," one source said. "They are taking action to enforce law and order but they are doing nothing about terror which has grown in the past month since they deployed in Jenin."

The 600 PA soldiers, who underwent training by US defense contractors in Jordan, deployed in Jenin in May. Israel gave its consent for the deployment in March ahead of a meeting between Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Rice and Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salaam Fayad. Barak at the time approved the deployment as part of Israeli efforts to bolster Fayad and PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

Another defense official said that even those terror suspects that were arrested by the PA forces were usually released days or even hours later. "There is no effective judicial system in the city," the official said.

A top officer in the Central Command also warned that weapons the US was providing to the PA forces were finding their way to Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists in Jenin as well as in Nablus, where 3,000 PA policemen and soldiers have deployed over the past year. In addition, terrorists have infiltrated the PA police and military ranks, he said.

The training of the force in Jenin and Nablus has been overseen by Lt.-Gen. Keith Dayton, the US Security Coordinator to Israel and the PA. Dayton has overseen the deployment in Nablus up close and was also involved in the recent deployment of PA forces in Jenin.

Condi read this article before you pop off to the press, about what a great job these so called police are doing.

Ms. Rice Tell The Truth, For Once

Sunday, June 15, 2008 Secretary Condoleezza Rice En route Tel Aviv, Israel [implies Israeli security takes second place to improving Palestininian lives]

"And I understand the security considerations as well as anyone, but the
obligation was undertaken to improve the lives of Palestinians and we're
going to have to work very hard if we're going to make that true in a
broader sense."

Remarks to the Traveling Press
Secretary Condoleezza Rice
En route Tel Aviv, Israel
June 14, 2008
www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2008/06/105910.htm

SECRETARY RICE: Okay. Look, why don't we just go directly to questions. You
heard the President's press conference today, and we're now headed to
Jerusalem, so we can just go directly to your questions.

QUESTION: Can you respond to the -- Israel's announcement yesterday, I
believe, of a new 1,300 home settlement in East Jerusalem, and how you
expect to be able to, you know, talk to both sides about this since that's
precisely the thing that the Palestinians regard as the greatest obstacle?

SECRETARY RICE: Well, it will certainly be a topic of conversation and I
expect to raise it with all of Israel's officials and leaders. And we've
said before that this is a time to try and build confidence, and this is
simply not helpful to building confidence. And so we'll have a further
discussion of it, but I intend to have a discussion of Roadmap obligations
generally, and this is obviously a Roadmap obligation that's not being met.

QUESTION: Madame Secretary, you are not annoyed that every time you go
there, there is a new announcement of settlements, either just before you
come or just after you leave?

SECRETARY RICE: Unfortunately, there have been a few whether I'm coming or
not. I think that - look, it's a problem. And I think it's a problem that we'e - that I'm going to address with the Israelis. And it's also - as the
President said today, it's also every reason - or it gives us every reason
that we really ought to be determining the boundaries of the state, because
what's in Israel will be in Israel at that point, and what's in Palestine
will be in Palestine. And that's the best way to resolve this, but you know,
I repeat, we've talked a great deal about the importance of Roadmap
obligations, and this one isn't being met.

QUESTION: Palestinian Prime Minister Fayyad this week expressed remarkable
pessimism in public, saying he just didn't think it was possible to get a
peace agreement this year. Why is it? What makes you think it's possible in,
you know, seven months now?

SECRETARY RICE: Because I know that the parties are working very seriously
and they're talking about the most serious of issues. It's not easy, and
these issues have never been easy. It's the reason they don't have an end to
their conflict. It's because the issues are hard. I know that there are
those who talk about the difficulties of this particular moment. I'm
hard-pressed to find a time when there weren't difficult circumstances in
the Middle East.

And so the parties, I think, are intending to keep pressing. I've talked to
the negotiators, to Foreign Minister Livni and to Abu Allah. I've talked to
Prime Minister Olmert and to President Abbas. They expressed the desire to
get this done. And we're going to work as hard as possible with them to get
it done. But I do think it's important for everyone to stay focused on the
goal and stay focused on the work at hand, rather than several months before
the end of the year, trying to determine what the outcome is going to be,
and expressing pessimism. I don't think it helps to express pessimism at
this point. There's hard work ahead, but it helps to focus on the work.

And I should - just on Prime Minister Fayyad, he is focusing very intently
on the -- as he puts it, creating the institutions of a nascent state. And
that's why we're supporting him in the work he's doing to build the security
forces, the Jenin Project, the Bethlehem conference. On a number of these
scores, he has had a lot of support and I think he's done really very well.
And so I'll also have an opportunity to talk about what is another track of
Annapolis. The negotiations are one track, but the - improving the lives of
the Palestinians and building the institutions of the Palestinian state is
another track, and that's the one in which I'm most involved with Prime
Minister Fayyad.

QUESTION: You're going this time, just about on the one-year anniversary of
the Hamas takeover in Gaza. Were you concerned the other day to see some
Israeli military officials say that they would give the truce talks in Egypt
about two weeks to work or they would reinvade? And where do you see that
truce situation - the truce negotiations going at this point?

SECRETARY RICE: Well, I'm not going to comment on every comment that is made
by Israeli officials, either identified or not in - about the Gaza
situation. Everybody knows that the situation in Gaza is extremely
difficult, that Hamas has - is effectively holding the population of Gaza
hostage, that they are continuing to participate in and allow others to
participate in firing rockets against innocent Israeli populations. And we
all know too that the Egyptians are trying mightily to find a solution.

So I - this is something that the Israelis are dealing directly with the
Egyptians on, and so I'm not in a position to comment about the
back-and-forth between Israel and Egypt. But I think we all know what needs
to happen in Gaza. The rocket fire needs to stop. There needs to be a more
sustainable circumstance for the people of Gaza, meaning that there will
need to be sustained openings of the crossings, enough at least to permit
humanitarian conditions to - humanitarian needs to be met. And ultimately, I
would hope that they can get back to something that looks more like the
Movement and Access Agreement of November 2005, which everybody's focused on
as an endpoint.

So we know that that's what needs to be done in Gaza, and it's my
understanding that Egypt and Israel are both focusing there as well as the
Palestinians. I just want to repeat that the Palestinian Authority, of
course, is the legitimate authority for the people of Gaza as well. They
spend some 58 percent of their budget on the people of Gaza, so it's not as
if the Palestinian Authority is not involved concerning affairs in Gaza. And
I should mention one other point, which is, of course, we've worked with the
Egyptians on some technical ways to deal with the smuggling through tunnels
and the like. The Egyptians are very concerned about the security situation
in Gaza and about the use of Gaza's territory for rearming of terrorists. It's
not in Egypt's interest either.

QUESTION: Madame Secretary, what do you think about President Assad
attending the celebrations of Bastille Day next month in Paris?

SECRETARY RICE: As I understand it, a lot of people are going to attend the
celebration of Bastille Day. My understanding, and we had long discussions
with the French, this is in accord - it's in conjunction with the
Mediterranean summit that they hold, which, as I understand it, is about
trying to make relations among the states of the Mediterranean more
harmonious, has more of an economic and practical caste to it than a
political caste.

But I also know that the - we and the French have completely consonant views
on the situation in Lebanon, as evidenced by - evidenced by the joint
statement that President Sarkozy and Bush issued today. We have consonant
views on the Annapolis process and what needs to be done there. President
Sarkozy will be going to Israel, I think at the end of the week. And then we
certainly have very similar views about what needs to be done in the Middle
East in total. So I don't have any doubt that any contacts with Bashar
al-Assad will be, from our point of view, contacts that communicate the
right messages in what are shared French and American goals and objectives
for the Middle East.

QUESTION: You talked about the importance of deciding on the borders because
that's one way of -- and I wonder if you've given any serious thought to the
possibility of trying to reach an agreement just on borders.

SECRETARY RICE: Well, part of the difficulty in negotiations like this is
that the issues are intertwined. You know, borders and security, issues
concerning Jerusalem, and issues concerning borders, and issues concerning
refugees -- they're all part -- and by the way, not only the big four of
final status, but also issues of state-to-state relations, issues of
economic relations. They're all very intertwined. And I believe the parties
have adopted the right strategy here, which is that they work on all of
them, recognizing that some may move more quickly than others, but also
recognizing that nothing can be agreed till everything is agreed.

And it's just very difficult to imagine a circumstance under which you could
separate somehow the border issue from these other important issues. That
doesn't mean that you can't work on the border issue separate from the
others, but it's hard to imagine that you could really resolve it without
dealing with the companion issues.

QUESTION: I'd heard that you were thinking of this, and it made no sense to
me, which is why I wondered.

SECRETARY RICE: No, I was not thinking of that. I've encouraged the parties
not to hesitate to push ahead if something is moving, but the idea that you
could have a separate agreement, I think that just doesn't make sense.

QUESTION: The Israeli political situation has probably gotten even more
complicated since you were there last. And I know you don't like to comment
on internal politics, but you're going to be seeing sort of a lot of the
relevant parties here. To what extent are you concerned that their own
internal political positionings and so forth will make things difficult for
you to have a receptive ear?

SECRETARY RICE: I can only go on what I've been told by all of the relevant
parties, as you call them, which is that they're committed to the Annapolis
process, they're committed to trying to move the negotiations forward,
they're committed to trying to meet Israel's obligations under the various
tracks of Annapolis. And I will treat the parties in their respective roles:
prime minister, foreign minister, defense minister. Those are the meetings
that I'm having. And we'll have an opportunity to talk about moving forward
on the peace process and moving forward on Israel's obligations. And you
know, as I said, the Middle East is never uncomplicated, so best just to
focus on the task at hand.

QUESTION: Do you still plan trilaterals?

SECRETARY RICE: Yes.

QUESTION: And also, do you want to speak about the roadblocks again, or it's
something that is (inaudible)?

SECRETARY RICE: I am having a trilateral with -- I think the -- is it the
Barak -- I'm trying to remember the order. I think Barak and Fayyad is
tomorrow, and Livni and Abu Alaa is Monday, I believe. And yes, in the
trilateral that is really about Roadmap implementation and improving the
lives of the Palestinians, we will talk about movement and access issues.

Now, if you remember, we've tried to make this more concrete by having, for
instance, a focus on an area, like Jenin, where you have security forces
come in for the Palestinians; Israelis can then step back and allow
Palestinians to have more freedom of action. You can then just work on the
movement and access issues, as we've done between Jenin and Nablus, for
instance. And then economic projects of the kind that Prime Minister Blair
is doing and some smaller ones of the kind that USAID and the Palestinians
themselves are doing can then fill in.

And so I think this is a more concrete way to go about it because just
focusing on numbers, I mentioned to you that focusing on 50 roadblocks and
then you learn that only some proportion of them really matters to movement
and access, I don't think we want to get into a quantitative game. And so I
think this is really a better way of going about it.

QUESTION: A quick one on that?

SECRETARY RICE: Yeah.

QUESTION: I mean, let's not -- let's actually talk about the qualitative
issue then. Do you think, in a qualitative sense, that the Israeli
Government has made significant efforts to keep its obligations since you
announced the 50 to actually substantially improve movement and access?

SECRETARY RICE: Well, again, if you look at trying to do this by area, I do
think that there are improvements in Jenin on all of the elements,
improvements on security with the Palestinians having those -- having
responsibilities there, improvements in terms of movement and access, and
the beginnings of improvements in terms of the economic side. I am told that
there are other areas where there have been some improvements in movement
and access as well; for instance, you know rather than -- more random
stopping of vehicles rather than every vehicle, that kind of thing.

But it's not enough, and there certainly and clearly needs to be more. And I
understand the security considerations as well as anyone, but the obligation
was undertaken to improve the lives of Palestinians and we're going to have
to work very hard if we're going to make that true in a broader sense.

Okay, thank you.



This woman is an idiot, Hamas can not hold the Palestinians of Gaza hostage for Hamas is the elected representatives of the Palestinian people. Rice and Bush seem to want to forget democracy when it doesn't fit their mold of right and wrong.

Second as I will show in an article that I will post next on my blog the Palestinians that were brought into Jenin are doing nothing to stop terrorism.

So please Ms. Rice cut out the nonsense and tell the truth for once and stop trying to create a terrorist state in my Land.

Israeli Aid To Terrorist


Sunday, June 15, 2008
24,358 trucks; 571,852 tons Humanitarian assistance to Gaza since Feb 27 escalation in terror

13 Jun 2008
Ministry of Defense
Unit of Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT)
Total (June 16, 2007 - June 13, 2008):
24,358 trucks; 571,852 tons
"No humanitarian crisis and no hunger in the Gaza Strip"

The Unit for Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories
reports daily on the general humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip. The
data for the supplies transferred via the Karni and Sufa crossings is based
on the reports of Palestinian merchants.

Two-way traffic at the Erez Crossing of international organizations' staff,
patients seeking medical treatment and people accompanying them ("medical
evacuations"), and Palestinian civilians has been permitted for
humanitarian and medical aid since 18 January 2007 and occurs almost daily.
Via the conveyor at the Karni Crossing, hundreds of tons of grain - wheat,
barley, soy beans, corn and animal feed - are transferred from Israel to the
Gaza Strip every week.

Via the Nahal Oz fuel depot, diesel fuel for transportation and the local
Gaza power station, petrol, and gas for cooking and heating are transferred
from Israel to the Gaza Strip, according to an assessment of civilian needs
mandated by the Israeli court.

Via the Sufa Crossing, the following supplies are transferred by truck from
Israel to the Gaza Strip: food, including: baby formula and food, rice and
legumes, fruits and vegetables, meat, chicken and fish, dairy products,
flour and yeast, oil, salt and sugar; hygiene products; raw materials for
essential infrastructures; medicines and medical equipment; and a myriad of
other items - ranging from school books to wheel chairs - needed by the
civilian population.
The Kerem Shalom Crossing has been closed since 19 April 2008, due to
terrorist attacks directed at it.

June 13, 2008
51 trucks carrying mostly food products were transferred from Israel to the
Gaza Strip via the Sufa crossing. Via the Nahal Oz crossing, 510,000 liters
of diesel fuel for the power station, 130,000 liters of diesel fuel for
transportation, and 173 tons of gas were delivered.
In addition, 55 people (patients and their companions) crossed into Israel
via Erez crossing for medical treatment.
June 11, 2008
38 trucks carrying fruit and vegetables and other food products as well as
materials for humanitarian infrastructure were transferred from Israel to
the Gaza Strip via the Sufa crossing.
In addition, 54 people (patients and their companions) crossed into Israel
via Erez crossing for medical treatment.
June 10, 2008
59 trucks carrying food, materials needed for infrastructures, and
medications were transferred from Israel to the Gaza Strip via the Sufa
crossing. 24 trucks carrying 888 tons of grain were transferred via the
Karni crossing. Via the Nahal Oz crossing, 280,000 liters of diesel fuel for
the power station, 100,000 liters of diesel fuel for transportation, and 88
tons of gas were delivered.
In addition, 66 people (patients and their companions) crossed into Israel
via Erez crossing for medical treatment.
June 8, 2008
521,800 liters of fuel and 84 tons of heating gas were transported via the
Nahal Oz terminal.
In addition, 10 people (patients and companions) crossed into Israel from
the Gaza Strip via the Erez crossing for medical treatment.
June 4, 2008
50 trucks carrying food and hygiene products were transferred from Israel to
the Gaza Strip via Sufa crossing. 64 trucks carrying 2,409 tons of wheat,
corn, soy beans and animal feed were transferred via the Karni crossing.
Cooking gas was transferred via the Nahal Oz fuel depot.
In addition, 17 people (patients and companions) crossed into Israel from
the Gaza Strip via the Erez crossing for medical treatment.
June 4, 2008
Medical evacuation: A Palestinian worker was critically wounded by a mortar
bomb fired by Palestinian terrorists towards the Nahal Oz fuel depot. He was
rushed to hospital in Gaza City. Due to the critical wounds the worker
suffered and the deterioration of his condition, an urgent request was
forwarded to the Israeli Coordination & Liaison Administration at the Erez
crossing, to refer the wounded man for further treatment in Israel.
Colonel Nir Press, Head of Israel's Coordination and Liaison Administration
at Erez Crossing, approved the evacuation to Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon
as per the request. Co. Press stated that evening: "The attack earlier today
caused the casualty of one Palestinian, and ultimately forced the early
cessation of pumping of fuel and gas. The Hamas campaign against the Gaza
Strip crossings primarily inflicts suffering on the people of the Gaza
Strip."
June 3, 2008
60 trucks carrying food, and raw materials for essential infrastructures
were transferred to the Gaza Strip via Sufa crossing. At the Nahal Oz fuel
depot, 261 tons of gas and 1.124 million liters of fuel for transportation
and electricity were transferred.
In addition, 32 people (patients and companions) crossed into Israel for
medical treatment.

June 2, 2008
64 trucks carrying rice, vegetables, meat/chicken/fish, dairy and other food
products, and raw materials for essential infrastructures were transferred
to the Gaza Strip via Sufa crossing. 71 trucks carrying 2,577 tons of
wheat, soy beans, corn and animal feed were transferred via the Karni grain
depot. At the Nahal Oz fuel depot, 260,410 liters of fuel for transportation
and 732,400 liters of fuel for the power station, and 210 tons of heating
and cooking gas were transferred to the Gaza Strip.
In addition, 13 people (patients and companions) crossed into Israel via the
Erez crossing for medical treatment.
June 1, 2008
30 trucks carrying vegetables, meat/chicken/fish, dairy and other food
products, medications and medical equipment, and raw materials for essential
infrastructures were transferred to the Gaza Strip via Sufa crossing. 64
trucks carrying 2,500 tons of wheat, soy beans, corn and animal feed were
transferred via the Karni grain depot. At the Nahal Oz fuel depot, 1.038
million liters of fuels and 262 tons of gas were transferred to the Gaza
Strip.
In addition, 29 people (patients and companions) crossed into Israel via the
Erez crossing for medical treatment.
May 28, 2008
71 trucks carrying 2,610 tons of wheat, soy and animal feed were transferred
to the Gaza Strip via the Karni conveyor. Via the Nahal Oz depot, 110 tons
of cooking and heating gas were transferred. This week, 70,030 liters of
petrol (out of 75,400 allocated), 693,450 liters of transportation fuel (out
of 800,000) and 2,097,400 (out of 2,200,000) liters of diesel fuel for the
power station were transferred.
In addition, 87 people (patients and companions) crossed into Israel on May
28 for medical treatment.
May 27, 2008
62 trucks carrying 1,260 tons of wheat, 72 tons of barley and 900 tons of
animal feed were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Karni grain depot. 72
trucks with food, hygiene products, medicines and supplies for essential
infrastructures were transferred to the Gaza Strip via Sufa crossing. Via
the Nahal Oz fuel depot, 70,030 liters of petrol, 253 tons of gas, 155,000
liters of fuel for transportation and 736,200 liters of fuel for the power
station were transferred.
In addition, eight people crossed into Israel for medical treatment.
May 26, 2008
66 trucks carrying baby food, agricultural produce and equipment,
meat/chicken/fish, dairy products and other food, medicines, and supplies
for essential infrastructures were transferred to the Gaza Strip via Sufa
crossing. 170 tons of gas and 1.01 million liters of diesel fuel were
transferred via Nahal Oz.
In addition, 27 people (patients and their companions) crossed into Israel
for medical treatment.
May 25, 2008
75 truckloads (2690 tons) of wheat, barley, corn, soy, sesame seeds and
animal feed were transferred from Israel to the Gaza Strip via the Karni
grain depot. 66 truckloads of agriculture produce, meat/chicken/fish, dairy
products, other food, supplies for essential infrastructures and medical
equipment were transferred via Sufa crossing. 245 tons of gas, 270,420
liters of fuel for transportation and 619,200 liters of fuel for the power
station were transferred via the Nahal Oz depot.
May 23, 2008
During the week 18-23 May, 300,000 liters of fuel were transferred via the
Nahal Oz depot into the Gaza Strip for the use of UNWRA. 43,010 liters of
gasoline and 159 tons of gas were transferred; 1,116,830 liters of fuel for
transportation, more than the 800,000 liters allocated, and 2,177,200 liters
of fuel out of the 2,200,000 liters allocated for the power station were
transferred.
May 22, 2008
The truck bomb attack on the Erez crossing prevented 31 Palestinians from
receiving medical treatment in Israel.
May 14, 2008:
59 trucks with food, medical supplies, and agricultural produce and
equipment were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Sufa crossing point. 88
tons of gas and 469,000 liters of diesel fuel were transferred via the Nahal
Oz depot. From May 11 to May 16, 1.957 million liters of fuel for power
plants were transferred, out of the 2.2 million liters allocated weekly.
In addition, 36 people (patients and companions) crossed from the Gaza Strip
into Israel for medical treatment.
May 13, 2008:
65 humanitarian aid trucks carrying baby food, agricultural produce, meat &
fish, hygienic products, milk products, salt & sugar, medical equipment and
medicines, oil, flour and yeast were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the
Sufa crossing point.
In addition, 65 people (patients and companions) crossed into Israel from
the Gaza Strip for medical treatment via Erez crossing.
May 12-13, 2008
81,000 liters of fuel for transportation and 1.488 million liters of diesel
fuel for power plants were transferred via the Nahal Oz crossing.
May 12, 2008
71 truckloads of humanitarian aid (food, hygiene products, tools and raw
materials for infrastructures) were transferred via the Sufa crossing.
Eleven tankers (242 tons) of gas for heating and cooking were transferred
via the Nahal Oz depot.
In addition, 49 people (patients and companions) crossed into Israel from
the Gaza Strip for medical treatment.
May 11, 2008:
69 humanitarian aid trucks carrying wheelchairs, walking sticks, additional
medical equipment, food supplies and camping equipment were transferred to
the Gaza Strip via Sufa crossing point.
In addition, 83 people (patients and companions) crossed from the Gaza Strip
into Israel for medical treatment.
May 4-9, 2008:
2,407,000 liters of fuel (petrol and diesel) were transferred to the Gaza
Strip via Nahal Oz fuel depot.
May 4, 2008:
70 humanitarian aid trucks carrying vaccines, electric wires, hygiene and
food products and other materials were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the
Sufa crossing point; 27 trucks carrying grains and coffee were transferred
via the Karni crossing; 120 tons (5 tankers) of heating gas and 560,000
liters (11 tankers) of fuel were transferred via the Nahal Oz crossing.
In addition, 57 people (patients and companions) crossed into Israel from
Gaza for medical treatment.

April 30, 2008

Approximately 64 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via Sufa crossing. The assistance was organized
with the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories.
The following is a list of supplies transferred: diapers, fruit, meat,
flour, corn, oil, cocoa powder, dairy products, sugar, toilet paper, garlic,
fish, ful, carrots, nylon bags, reproductive eggs, cleaning products and
medical equipment.

April 23, 2008

Approximately 85 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via Sufa crossing. In addition, 1 million liters
of fuel were transferred via Nahal-Oz. The assistance was organized with the
Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories.

The following is a list of supplies transferred through Sufa crossing: oil,
paper, meat, nylon bags used for greenhouses, rice, fruit, juice, sugar,
milk, dairy products, flour, washing powder, salt, cleaning products,
medical equipment, fish, fuel, disposable dishes, pasta, conserves,
vegetables and humus.

April 17, 2008
Approximately 27 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom crossing before it was forced
to close due to the attack on the crossing. Supplies transferred through the
Kerem Shalom crossing: oil, paper, meat, nylon bags used for greenhouses,
rice, fruit and halva.
In addition, 800,000 liters of diesel fuel for heating and 240,000 tons of
gas were transferred via Nahal Oz, which also closed during the afternoon
after Palestinian snipers fired at the crossing.
April 16, 2008
Approximately 95 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom and Sufa Crossings:
59 trucks trough the Sufa Crossing containing: cleaning products, rice,
dairy products, fruit, sugar, humus, meat, spices, flour, salt, garlic,
fish, starch, hypochlorite, fennel, pea, pasta, hatching eggs and disposable
plates.
36 trucks, including 11 trucks of Egyptian donation through the Kerem Shalom
crossing containing: oil, paper, single-use dishes, medical equipment,
diapers, preservatives, nylon bags, gloves, drip irrigation system, pipes
and pads.
The supply of diesel fuel for the Gaza power plant and cooking gas was
resumed at 14:30 through the Nahal Oz fuel terminal.
The fuel depot is 70% full (188,000 liters of gasoline and 820,000 liters of
diesel fuel). The Palestinians in Gaza have refrained for the last two weeks
from providing this available fuel to the Palestinian people.
April 15, 2008
Approximately 100 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom and Sufa Crossings:
67 trucks through the Sufa Crossing containing: drippers, seeds, cleaning
products, rice, sugar, meat, flour, salt, fruit, carrots, garlic, corn,
pasta, fruit, humus, eggs, cinnamon, fish and cloth.
33 trucks through the Kerem Shalom crossing containing: medications,
mushrooms, bandages, bottles, cloths, diapers, canned food, oil, toilet
paper, timber and cable clips.
April 14, 2008
Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the renewal of diesel shipments to
Gaza's power station. Only the minimal amount required to maintain the
station's operations, determined in the past, will be transferred. Israel
will also allow shipments of cooking gas. At this stage, gasoline and diesel
fuel will not be supplied for transportation needs. The supply of fuel will
begin on Wednesday, April 16, after the completion of security arrangements
between the IDF and Dor Energy.
Approximately 123 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom, Karni and Sufa Crossings:
54 trucks trough the Sufa Crossing containing: medications, cleaning
products, rice, sugar, meat, dairy products, washing powder, flour, salt,
fruit, carrots, halva, starch, eggs, cinnamon, yeast, fish and cloth.
51 trucks through the Karni crossing containing: wheat, barley, soy, lentils
and sesame.
18 trucks through the Kerem Shalom crossing containing: medical equipment,
medications, electrical equipment, conserves, paper, nylon, diapers, toilet
paper, oil, wood for greenhouses, pumps and drip irrigation system.
April 13, 2008
87 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred into the Gaza
Strip today via the Sufa and Kerem Shalom crossings. The supplies included
rice, vegetables, meat/chicken/fish, other food stuffs, and hygiene
products.
In addition, 71 people (patients and companions) crossed into Israel from
the Gaza Strip for medical treatment via Erez crossing.
April 9, 2008
Approximately 95 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom and Sufa Crossings:
55 trucks through the Sufa Crossing containing: salt, carrot, fruit, rice,
sugar, spices, dairy products, meat, flour, garlic, fish, pasta, frozen
vegetables, coffee, cleaning products, hatching eggs.
30 trucks through the Kerem Shalom Crossing containing: oil, rice, medical
equipments, diapers, cleaning products, toilet paper, shampoo and soap.
10 trucks donated by Egypt, through the Kerem Shalom Crossing containing:
flour and sugar.
April 8, 2008
Approximately 90 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom and Sufa Crossings:
61 trucks through the Sufa Crossing containing: baby formula, salt, rice,
fruit, flour, dairy products, sugar, garlic, carrots, milk powder, frozen
vegetables, cardamon, eggs, fish, food additives, humus and tea.
29 trucks through the Karni Crossing containing: medicine and medical
equipment, boiler for a hospital, oil, nylon bags, cleaning products, yeast,
shampoo, toilet paper, halva and tehina.
In addition, 655,000 liters (13 tankers) of fuel and 282 tons of heating gas
(11 tankers) were transported through the Nahal Oz Crossing.
April 7, 2008
Approximately 128 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom, Sufa and Karni Crossings:
56 trucks through the Sufa Crossing containing: salt, tea, garlic, sugar,
carrot, apples, dairy products, meat, fish, hatching eggs, animal vitamins.
40 trucks through the Karni Crossing containing: wheat, cumin, sesame,
coriander, barley.
32 trucks through the Kerem Shalom Crossing containing: soy, yeast, salt,
cleaning products, toilet paper, soap, hair shampoo & conditioner.
In addition, 650,000 liters (13 tankers) of fuels and 176 tons of heating
gas (8 tankers) were transported through the Nahal Oz Crossing.
April 6, 2008
Approximately 76 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom and Sufa Crossings:
60 trucks through the Sufa Crossing containing: books, baby kits, food kits,
fruit, rice, oil, meat, milk, flour, red pepper, eggs and tea.
16 trucks through the Kerem Shalom Crossing containing: wheel chairs, sugar,
flour and other basic food products.
In addition, 705,000 liters (15 tankers) of fuels and 177 tons of heating
gas (7 tankers) were transported through the Nahal Oz Crossing.
April 3, 2008
Approximately 100 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom and Sufa Crossings:
63 trucks through the Sufa Crossing containing: fruit, rice, sugar, dairy
products, meat, fish, flour, garlic, medicine, cocoa powder, carrot, yeast,
hatching eggs.
37 trucks through the Kerem Shalom Crossing containing: rice, sugar, coffee,
oil, flour, pasta, tea, toilet paper, cleaning products, diapers, medicine.
April 2, 2008
Approximately 111 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom, Sufa and Karni Crossings:
59 trucks through the Sufa Crossing containing: fruit, rice, sugar, dairy
products, garlic, meat, flour, paper, medicine, salt, meat preservatives,
cocoa powder, fish, pasta and yeast.
27 trucks through the Karni Crossing containing: wheat and construction
materials.
25 trucks through the Kerem Shalom Crossing containing: school equipment,
shampoo, toilet paper, washing powder, soap, diapers, oil, rice and wet
wipes.
April 1, 2008
Approximately 138 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom, Sufa and Karni Crossings:
51 trucks through the Karni Crossing containing: wheat, sesame, corn,
coffee, soy.
56 trucks through the Sufa Crossing containing: fruit, rice, sugar, dairy
products, meat, fish, flour, carrot, garlic, pasta, cleaning products,
school books.
18 trucks through the Kerem Shalom Crossing containing: soap, rice, meat,
oil, sugar, coffee, animal vitamins.
13 trucks donated by Egypt, through the Kerem Shalom Crossing containing
rice and sugar.
In addition, 746,000 liters (15 tankers) of fuel and 273 tons of heating gas
(11 tankers) were transported through the Nahal Oz Crossing.
March 30, 2008
Approximately 78 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via Kerem Shalom and Sufa Crossings:
57 trucks through the Sufa Crossing containing: powdered milk, dairy
products, sugar, cleaning products, washing powder, fruit, rice, fish, meat,
flour, coffee, vitamins, carrots, garlic and reproduction eggs.
21 trucks through the Kerem Shalom Crossing containing: washing powder,
cleaning products, oil, nylon, plastic bags, diapers, hygiene products, jam,
shampoo and medicine.
In addition, 687,000 liters (15 tankers) of fuel and 300 tons of heating gas
(12 tankers) were transported through the Nahal Oz Crossing.
March 28, 2008
A total of 502 tons of humanitarian aid and fuel were transported.
Sufa Crossing - 18 trucks were unloaded.
Kerem Shalom Crossing - 24 trucks were unloaded.
March 26, 2008
139 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred into the Gaza
Strip today:
43 trucks via the Karni crossing grain conveyor carrying 1,548 tons of
wheat, barley, corn, soy and animal feed.
64 trucks through the Sufa Crossing containing: sugar, powdered milk,
bananas, dairy products, meat/fish, fruit, carrots, salt, coffee, flour,
rice, garlic, frozen vegetables, medical equipment.
22 trucks through the Kerem Shalom Crossing containing: oil, pasta, rice,
sugar, coffee, ketchup, mayonnaise, soap, diapers, shampoo, toilet paper.
691,000 liters (15 tankers) of fuel and 282 tons of heating gas (11 tankers)
were transported through the Nahal Oz Crossing.
In addition, 86 people (patients and companions) crossed into Israel for
medical treatment via the Erez crossing.
March 25, 2008
Approximately 149 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom, Sufa and Karni Crossings:
26 trucks through the Kerem Shalom Crossing and 49 trucks through the Sufa
Crossing containing: cocoa, powered milk, jam, oil, peas, tissue, diapers,
toilet paper, medical supplies.
65 trucks through the Karni Crossing containing: wheat, corn, sesame,
grains.
58 trucks through the Sufa Crossing containing: dairy products, sugar,
fruit, meat, rice, flour, oil, carrots, pasta, garlic, fish, reproduction
eggs, salt, tea, medical supplies, ketchup, vegetables.
In addition, 668,000 liters (14 tankers) of fuel and 356 tons of heating gas
(12 tankers) were transported through the Nahal Oz Crossing.
March 24, 2008
Approximately 164 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom, Sufa and Karni Crossings:
37 trucks through the Kerem Shalom Crossing and 49 trucks through the Sufa
Crossing containing: rice, fruit, fish, meat, chicken, dairy products, salt,
sugar, flour, oil, medicine.
5 trucks donated by Egypt, through the Kerem Shalom Crossing containing:
flour and rice.
73 trucks through the Karni Crossing containing: wheat, corn, sesame,
grains.
In addition, 651,000 liters (14 tankers) of fuel and 326 tons of heating gas
(11 tankers) were transported through the Nahal Oz Crossing.
March 23, 2008
Approximately 74 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom and Sufa Crossings:
24 trucks through the Kerem Shalom Crossing containing: reproduction eggs,
frozen vegetables, dairy products, fish, meat, beans, halvah, toilet paper,
and diapers.
50 trucks through the Sufa Crossing containing: coffee, rice, flour, salt,
sugar, peas, fruit, and oil.
March 20, 2008
Approximately 112 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom and Karni Crossings:
45 trucks through the Kerem Shalom Crossing containing toilet paper, medical
supplies, electronic supplies, oil, meat, frozen vegetables, flour, and
fruit.
67 trucks through the Karni Crossing containing wheat and corn.
March 19, 2008
Approximately 39 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom Crossing containing: diapers,
toilet paper, medical supplies, oil, pasta, fish, meat, frozen vegetables,
rice and tea.
March 18, 2008
A total of 3,401 tons of humanitarian aid and fuel were transported.
79 trucks through the Karni Crossing conveyer containing: wheat, corn and
animal feed.
Kerem Shalom Crossing - 34 trucks were unloaded.
In addition, 635,000 liters (14 tankers) of fuel and 242 tons of heating gas
(12 tankers) were transported through the Nahal Oz Crossing.
March 17, 2008
Approximately 147 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom, Sufa and Karni Crossings:
55 trucks through the Sufa Crossing containing: meat, fruit, sugar, diapers,
flour, peas, oil, carrot, coffee, fish, rice, garlic.
64 trucks through the Karni Crossing containing: wheat, grains, sesame,
corn, barley.
8 trucks through the Kerem Shalom Crossing containing: diapers, toilet
paper, tea, soup, medication, blankets and 20 trucks of food donated by
Egypt.
March 16, 2008
Approximately 65 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom and Sufa Crossings:
11 trucks through the Kerem Shalom Crossing containing: toilet paper and
diapers.
54 trucks through the Sufa Crossing containing: sugar, flour, salt, fruit,
powdered milk, hatching eggs, cocoa, ketchup, mayonnaise, & food
preservatives.
In addition, 679,000 liters (15 tankers) of fuels and 334 tons of heating
gas (12 tankers) were transported through the Nahal Oz Crossing.
March 14, 2008
20 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies with a total weight of 301 tons
were transferred into the Gaza Strip today via the Kerem Shalom Crossing
containing: vitamins, diapers, toilet paper, fruit, oil, frozen meat, tea,
coffee, powdered milk, hatching eggs, corn, pasta, carrots and tahini.
March 13, 2008
Approximately 152 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred
into the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom, Sufa and Karni Crossings:
59 trucks through Sufa Crossing containing: meat, fruit, sugar, bananas,
flour, coffee, garlic, oil, pasta, carrots.
73 trucks through the Karni Crossing conveyer containing: wheat, grains,
barley.
20 trucks through the Kerem Shalom Crossing containing: diapers, pasta, tea,
oil, toilet paper, fish, medicine, meat preservatives.
March 12, 2008
A total of 1,567 tons of humanitarian aid and fuel were transported.
Sufa Crossing - 54 trucks were unloaded.
Kerem Shalom Crossing - 22 trucks were unloaded.
In addition, 640,000 liters (14 tankers) of fuel and 248 tons of heating gas
(14 tankers) were transported through the Nahal Oz Crossing.
March 11, 2008
A total of 3,877 tons of humanitarian aid and fuel were transported.
Sufa Crossing - 72 trucks were unloaded.
Kerem Shalom Crossing - 21 trucks were unloaded.
Karni Crossing conveyer - 61 trucks were unloaded (2,800 tons of wheat,
legumes, corn and animal feed)
In addition, 695,000 liters (15 tankers) of fuel and 320 tons of heating gas
(12 tankers) were transported through the Nahal Oz Crossing.
March 10, 2008
A total of 3,810 tons of humanitarian aid and fuel were transported.
Sufa Crossing - 59 trucks were unloaded.
Kerem Shalom Crossing - 5 trucks were unloaded.
Karni Crossing conveyer - 81 trucks were unloaded (2,800 tons of wheat,
legumes, sesame seeds, corn and animal feed)
In addition, 695,000 liters (15 tankers) of fuel and 320 tons of heating gas
(12 tankers) were transported through the Nahal Oz Crossing.
March 9, 2008
A total of 1,248 tons of humanitarian aid and fuel were transported.
Sufa Crossing - 55 trucks were unloaded.
Kerem Shalom Crossing - 23 trucks were unloaded.
In addition, 681,000 liters (15 tankers) of fuel and 272 tons of heating gas
(13 tankers) were transported through the Nahal Oz Crossing.
March 7, 2008
A total of 906 tons of humanitarian aid and fuel were transported.
Sufa Crossing - 30 trucks were unloaded.
Kerem Shalom Crossing - 8 trucks were unloaded.
In addition, 225 tons of heating gas (10 tankers) were transported through
the Nahal Oz Crossing.
March 6, 2008
About 160 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies are being transferred into
the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom, Karni and Sufa Crossings.
63 trucks passed through Sufa Crossing containing: flour, fruit, sugar,
cooking oil, frozen meat and fish.
19 trucks (donated by Egypt) passed through Kerem Shalom Crossing
containing: rice, sugar, oil and dairy products.
Approximately 80 trucks passed through the Karni Crossing containing grain.
March 5, 2008
About 70 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred into the
Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom and Sufa Crossings:
63 trucks passed through the Sufa Crossing containing: fruit, sugar, humus,
flour, coffee, baby formula and oxygen masks.
6 trucks passed through the Kerem Shalom crossing containing: oil, flour,
beans and tomato sauce.
In addition, 25 Palestinians entered Israel for medical treatment in Israeli
hospitals.
4 March 2008
About 160 trucks of humanitarian aid and supplies were transferred into the
Gaza Strip via the Karni and Sufa crossings, as well as the reopened Kerem
Shalom crossing.
Sufa Crossing:
12 trucks of medicines and medical supplies (including one UNRWA truck)
9 trucks of meat, fish and frozen vegetables
8 trucks of fruit
7 trucks of flour, oil and sugar
5 trucks of dairy products
18 trucks of flour, oil and humus donated by the UN Food and Agriculture
Organization (FAO)
Kerem Shalom Crossing:
8 trucks of sugar
2 trucks of rice
4 trucks of oil
4 trucks of rice and oil
4 trucks of rice and sugar
Karni Crossing:
80 trucks of grain
March 3, 2008
A total of 4,073 tons of humanitarian aid and fuel were transported.
Sufa Crossing - 60 trucks were unloaded.
Karni Crossing conveyer - 76 trucks were unloaded (2,700 tons of wheat and
animal feed)
In addition, 1,014 liters (21 tankers) of fuels and 300 tons of heating gas
(7 tankers) were transported through the Nahal Oz Crossing.
March 2, 2008
A total of 1,152 tons of humanitarian aid and fuel were transported.
Sufa Crossing - 55 trucks were unloaded.
In addition, 918,000 liters (19 tankers) of fuel and 169 tons of heating gas
(7 tankers) were transported through the Nahal Oz Crossing.
Feb 29, 2008
400,000 liters (18 tankers) of fuels were transported through the Nahal Oz
Crossing.
Feb 27, 2008
A total of 3,924 tons of humanitarian aid and supplies were transported.
Sufa Crossing - 60 trucks were unloaded.
Karni Crossing conveyer - 73 trucks were unloaded (2,600 tons of wheat and
animal feed)

June 13, 2008

MERF Appearance

For those who would like to hear me on the radio, I am very pleased to announce that I will be having a weekly appearance on the Middle East Radio Forum, the show is hosted By William Wolf.

The time of the show is 3pm EDT, 12 noon Pacific and Arizona, 9pm Israel, every Sunday. Please feel free to call in if you have any questions about my weekly comments. If you should happen to miss the show then you can go to the MERF web page and listen to me and other guest in the archives.

You can listen to the show by going to the host radio program web page http://kknt960.townhall.com/

Idiot

"I was at Nir Oz after the last mortar attack and I told the kibbutz members that I am from Jerusalem and I did not come claiming that the residents of Nir Oz abandoned Jerusalem at the time that 800 of us were killed. You have to know how to fight. I recently returned from the United States and I was impressed that they are a fighting nation. More than 4,000 of them were killed in Iraq and more in Afghanistan but they understand that they are at war and behave accordingly. We have to return to the spirit of being a fighting nation. The army already is at this point, the time has come for the civilians to also understand that this is the situation." Deputy Minister of Defense (Labor) Matan Vilnai interviewed by Amir Rappaport - Maariv 13 June 2008
What an idiot.

But this is the attitude of the ruling so called elite in Israel, is it any wonder we have the problems that we do when it comes to terrorism.

Former Gaza Collaborators: Invade Gaza and Finish the Job

10 Sivan 5768, 13 June 08 10:33
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

(IsraelNN.com) Former Gaza Arabs who aided Israel in the war against terror say the only way to end rocket attacks is to return to Gaza and clean out the weapons.

Approximately 80 families living in the rocket-battered city of Sderot are Arabs from Gaza who were collaborators for Israeli intelligence before the destruction of Jewish communities and the IDF withdrawal from the area three years ago. Many of them are now advising the Israeli government to return to Gaza and clean out the area of terrorists and their weapons in order to bring peace and quiet to the western Negev and Gaza Belt communities.

One collaborator, who like his associates uses an alias and refers to himself as having been an "assistant" to the Israeli government, told the British Guardian, "When the Israelis ruled Gaza, people lived like kings. Only when the army goes into Gaza can they finish it."

Another man, named Subhi, advised that "the only choice is an Israeli military occupation to clean the area of weapons." He added he does not "believe there can be real peace."

Subhi told the Guardian he arrived in Sderot 12 years ago and now runs a successful business, drives a BMW and wears gold jewelry engraved with Hebrew letters. Subhi told the Guardian he began as in informant not for the money but because he thought it was the right thing to do.

"Samir," who worked for Israel for 20 years, said he was very happy to help the government. He proudly recalled that he took revenge against Arab authorities who killed his brother, who was falsely accused of being a collaborator. His children now study at a Hebrew language school, and one of his four sons was an interrogator for four years for Israeli security forces at a nearby prison. He told the newspaper, "Everything is straightforward, not like with the Arabs. Here there is a law, and there are rights."

A nearby neighbor said his life in Israel is good and that if he ever were to return to Gaza, "They would make a kebab [meat pattie] out of me. They'd chop me into pieces." All Arab collaborators face the possibility of execution by both Fatah and Hamas political leaders. Last month, Islamic Jihad arrested several Arabs on suspicion of helping Israel and was planning to carry out public executions. Hamas persuaded them to turn over most of the alleged collaborators.%ad%

Fatah leader and Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who is considered a moderate by the Bush and Olmert administrations, previously ordered the execution of dozens of Arabs who helped Israel. Protests by human rights activists saved the lives of 24 men who were on death row last year.

The Israeli government has helped the former assistants build new lives in Israel. Many of them left children behind in Gaza, but trying to bring the issue to the attention of the public is complicated. "Their contribution is considerable, but the problem is we can't make public what they have done," according to Natan Shrayber, a lawyer who worked for Israeli security forces.
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June 12, 2008

Joint Israeli Palestinian Public Opinion Poll, June 2008*

12 June 2008

PRESS RELEASE


Israelis strongly oppose cease-fire with Hamas if agreement does not include
release of Gilad Shalit; Palestinians strongly oppose such an agreement if
it does not include the West Bank or does not stipulate an immediate opening
of the Rafah crossing to Egypt
www.pcpsr.org/survey/polls/2008/p28ejoint.html

These are the results of the most recent poll conducted jointly by the Harry
S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey
Research in Ramallah, between May 27 and June 7, 2008.

Assuming that Shalit's release was part of an agreement, the Israeli public
is split in supporting an accord in which Hamas will cease the violent
attacks and Kassam launching from the Gaza Strip, and Israel will stop its
military operations in the Gaza Strip and remove the closure. The figures
were: 50% opposing and 47% supporting such an agreement. If the agreement
does not include Shalit, 68% oppose and only 30% support such an agreement.
Among Palestinians, 78% support the cease-fire with Israel, but support
declines sharply to around 20% if the cease-fire agreement does not include
the West Bank or does not stipulate an immediate opening of the Rafah
crossing to Egypt.

The joint poll also examined Israelis' and Palestinians' assessments of the
various negotiation tracks including the Israeli-Palestinian track, the
Israeli-Syrian track and the Saudi (Arab League) plan.

The poll indicates a hardening of Israeli opposition to the return of the
Golan Heights for full peace with Syria: 67% of Israelis oppose such an
agreement, compared to 56% in March 2008. There is also a noticeable decline
in Israelis' support for concessions to the Palestinians as embodied in the
Clinton parameters or Taba negotiations. These parameters have been
considered to be the most realistic framework for a final status agreement
between Israel and the Palestinians. For the first time since December 2003,
support for Clinton's package decreased below 50% (49%), whereas in previous
polls, support reached as high as 64%. Among Palestinians, findings show
that two-thirds believe that Syrian-Israeli progress or a peace agreement
would contribute to successful Palestinian-Israeli negotiations or have no
impact on those negotiations. Minority support among Palestinians for a
package along the lines of the Taba negotiations or the Clinton Parameters
remains stable at 46%. Recent talks among Palestinians in favor of the
one-state solution did not affect their public attitudes, as only 27%
support this solution while a majority of 58% prefers the two-state
solution.

The weeks preceding the poll were characterized by significant political
events in Israel, including the Talanski testimony and Barak's demand of
Olmert to detach himself from political decisions. Israeli data collection
began after the Talanski scandal so it reflects the full impact of the
testimony. Barak's statement however was made midway the poll so it reflects
only part of its impact. Israelis' decline in support for concessions to the
Palestinians and Syria can be interpreted as a result of the public's
confusion and disillusion with its leadership and Olmert's loss of
legitimacy to conduct negotiations on such crucial issues while being under
police investigation.

The Palestinian sample size is 1270 adults interviewed face-to-face in the
West Bank and Gaza Strip in 127 randomly selected locations between June 5
and 7, 2008. The margin of error is 3%. The Israeli sample includes 1006
adult Israelis interviewed by phone in Hebrew Arabic or Russian between May
27 and June 5, 2008. The margin of error is 3%. The poll was planned and
supervised by Dr. Yaacov Shamir, the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for
the Advancement of Peace and the Department of Communication and Journalism
at the Hebrew University and Dr. Khalil Shikaki, director of the Palestinian
Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR).

For further details on the Palestinian survey contact PSR director, Dr.
Khalil Shikaki or Walid Ladadweh, at tel. 022964933 or email
pcpsr@pcpsr.org. On the Israeli survey, contact Dr. Yaacov Shamir at tel.
036419429 or email jshamir@mscc.huji.ac.il.

MAIN FINDINGS

(A) Current Negotiation Tracks

Of all negotiation tracks and options currently under way, 24% of the
Israelis believe that the Palestinian track should be most preferred by
Israel, 20% believe that the Saudi (Arab League) option which offers a
comprehensive peace agreement with all states in return for all the
territories occupied in 1967 should be most preferred, and only 12% think
that a full peace agreement and normalization with Syria in return for the
Golan Heights should be preferred. 32% believe neither track should be
preferred and only 2% think that all tracks should be pursued.

As to which is the most promising track, 25% think it is the Palestinian
track, 16% think it is the track with Syria and 17% think so about the Saudi
option; 30% of the Israelis think none of the tracks currently underway is
promising. These results indicate the depth of Israelis' disenchantment with
the diplomatic venues and options currently on the agenda.

With regard to support for the main peace initiatives currently underway,
our poll indicates noticeable decline among Israelis. Support for the
overall package of the Clinton parameters decreased below 50% for the first
time since December 2003. 49% of Israelis support the overall package now
compared to majority support we found in 4 previous polls in 2005 through
2007. Among Palestinians support remains relatively stable at 46% compared
to 47% last December. Opposition among Palestinians for this package stands
today at 52% compared to 49% last December.

67% of Israelis oppose full evacuation of the Golan Heights in return for a
complete peace agreement with Syria, and 22% support it. These figures
constitute a significant increase in opposition to the return of the Golan
Heights compared to our March poll, where 56% opposed and 25% supported such
an agreement. If in the peace agreement, Syria will commit to disconnect
itself from Iran and stop its support of Hizbulla and Hamas, support
increases only marginally - to 27%. In this regard, 32% of the Palestinians
believe that if significant progress is made in the Israeli-Syrian talks, it
will contribute to successful Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, 26% think
that it will represent an impediment to successful Palestinian-Israeli
negotiations and 35% think that it will have no impact on
Palestinian-Israeli negotiations.

57% of the Israelis oppose and 39% support the Saudi initiative which calls
for Arab recognition of and normalization of relations with Israel after it
ends its occupation of Arab territories occupied in 1967 and after the
establishment of a Palestinian state. These figures did not change from our
March poll. Among Palestinians, 67% support the plan and 28% oppose it

It seems that the Talanski affair stripped Olmert of his remaining
legitimacy to continue with negotiations over peace agreements. Almost two
thirds (64%) of the Israelis believe that it is inappropriate for Olmert to
continue peace negotiations while being under police investigation; only 32%
think he can continue negotiations under these circumstances. Moreover, only
32% of the Israeli public believe that the Talanski affair is an attempt by
the Israeli Right to stop Olmert's negotiations over peace agreements; 54%
don't believe so and 13% don't know.

55% of the Israelis believe that the meetings between Mahmud Abbas and Ehud
Olmert are not beneficial and should be stopped while 36% believe they
should continue. Palestinians show even greater disappointment with these
talks. Among Palestinians a sizeable majority of 68% believe the talks
should come to a halt while only 27% believe they are beneficial and should
be continued.

50% among Israelis oppose a cease fire agreement with Hamas in which Hamas
will cease the violent attacks and Kassam launching from the Gaza Strip, and
Israel will stop its military operations in the Gaza Strip and remove the
closure; 47% support such an agreement. Opposition increases to 68% if such
an agreement will not include the release of Gilad Shalit. Among
Palestinians, 78% support the ceasefire with Israel but support declines
sharply to 23% only if the ceasefire agreement is restricted to the Gaza
Strip and does not include the West Bank. Moreover, support declines further
to 20% if the agreement does not stipulate an immediate opening of the
crossings, especially the Rafah crossing to Egypt.

Nevertheless 47% of the Israelis support and 51% oppose talks with Hamas if
needed to reach a compromise agreement with the Palestinians. However a
sizeable Israeli majority (62%) support and only 35% oppose talks with a
national unity government composed jointly of Hamas and Fatah if such a
government is reestablished. Among Palestinians, if Israel agrees to conduct
peace negotiations with Hamas, 60% believe that Hamas should negotiate with
Israel and 35% believe it should not.

Similarly, 43% of the Israelis support and 52% oppose the release of Marwan
Barghouti from prison and negotiation with him, if needed to reach such an
agreement. 28% of the Israelis believe that there is greater likelihood to
reach a compromise agreement if negotiated with Marwan Barghouti, while 36%
think that negotiations with Abu Mazin have a greater chance to succeed. 4%
believe that both have similar chance to succeed, and 26% - that neither of
them is likely to succeed. Among Palestinians, 31% believe that Mahmud Abbas
is more able than Barghouti to force Israel to make more concessions in
negotiations while 28% believe Barghouti is more able than Abu Mazin in
doing so. 11% believe both are equally able to force Israel to concede while
25% believe neither one is able to do so.

67% of the Israelis support and 29% oppose mutual recognition of Israel as
the state for the Jewish people and Palestine as the state for the
Palestinian people as part of a permanent status agreement. Among
Palestinians, 56% support and 43% oppose this step. The results in both
publics are the same as in our March poll.
69% among Israelis and 66% of the Palestinians believe that the chances for
the establishment of a Palestinian state during the next five years are
non-existent or weak. Only 28% of Israelis and 30% of Palestinians believe
chances are fair or high. Despite the fact that only slightly more
Palestinians believe that the one state solution is more difficult to
achieve than the two state solution, a much larger percentage (58%) prefers
the two-state solution and only 27% support the one state solution. The one
state solution was presented to the Palestinians as one in which Israel is
unified with the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to establish one state whereby
Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews would be equal. The two-state solution
was presented as one that entails the establishment of a Palestinian state
along side Israel.

(B) Threat perceptions and support of violence

· Among Israelis, 63% are worried that they or their family may be
harmed by Arabs in their daily life, compared to 74% three months ago, after
the shooting attack in the religious seminary in Jerusalem. Among
Palestinians 56% fear that their security and safety and that of their
family is not assured compared to 63% three months ago in the aftermath of
the Israeli major incursion into the Gaza Strip that left more than 130
Palestinians dead.

With Palestinian threat perception reduced, Palestinians support of armed
attacks against Israeli civilians drops considerably from 67% last March to
55% in this poll. Similarly, support for launching rockets from the Gaza
Strip against Israeli towns and cities such as Sderot and Ashkelon drops
during the same period from 64% to 57%.

Among Israelis, 29% suggest that Israel should reoccupy the Gaza Strip and
stay there if the shelling of Israeli communities from the Gaza Strip
continues, just as in our March poll; 43% think that Israel should carry out
ad-hoc operations against the shelling and get out compared to 41% in March.
Only 22% compared to 27% three months ago believe that Israel should use
primarily diplomatic rather than military steps
_________________________________
*This joint survey was conducted with the support of the Ford Foundation
Cairo office and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Jerusalem and Ramallah.

June 11, 2008

Report: U.S. Delaying Information on Olmert, Talansky



(IsraelNN.com) The United States Justice Department is intentionally delaying approval to open financial and legal records concerning the investigation against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, according to the Hebrew newspaper Yediot Aharonot. The files include information in documents that relate to American businessman Morris Talansky, who has testified that he gave or funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash to the Prime Minister.

The newspaper cited Israeli legal sources, who declared that the Bush administration does not want to hasten the probe and possible indictment against Prime Minister Olmert.



This is what taking American money gets, a perverted sense of justice. Where for the birth of a new terrorist state President Bush is willing to conceal evidence from the Israeli police.

The time has long past to bring to an end this relationship involving billions of dollars and with it the ability to be treated like a banana republic.

Reservists Ask Not to be Bargained For



(IsraelNN.com) IDF reserve soldiers and officers have published a declaration calling on the government to refrain from releasing terrorists to gain their freedom if they become MIAs.

"If we are captured by the enemy, we ask that the state of Israel does not release many hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for our freedom," the soldiers' letter to the IDF Chief of Staff read, accoting to Channel 2 TV. "[We are] ready to sit in an enemy prison for as long as it takes" the soldiers wrote, asking that no negotiations whatsoever be held for their remains.

The soldiers are among the first slated to be sent into Gaza as part of any ground operation.

Bush, Rice Declare Support for Arabs


(IsraelNN.com) US President George W Bush announced that he would use the remaining time for his Presidency to command to further the peace process between Israelis and Arabs, including support by the building of an Arab state. At least six months are left until the end of Bush's second term in office.

Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice also noted that she would work towards the formation of a Arab state, but that such a state would be dependent on the nature of its democratic institutions for its success.

June 10, 2008

Traitor Free Knesset

Visited enemy nation? Now you can't run for office

Knesset plenum heats up after bill proposal passes its first reading, with right-wing parties accusing Prime Minister Olmert of abstaining to pander to Arab parties – and Arab parties denouncing bill as 'racist and primeval'
Amnon Meranda

Hackles were raised on both sides of the political spectrum on Tuesday over a new bill proposing individuals who visit enemy nations without the necessary authorizations will henceforth be declared ineligible to run for parliament.

The bill passed its first reading in the Knesset plenum – with 63 voting in favor and 16 objecting. Three MKs abstained – including Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Finance Minister Ronnie Bar-On.

Olmert and Bar-On's decided to abstain despite a past government vote in favor of the proposal, which was authored by MK Zevulun Orlev (National Union – NRP) and Esterina Tartman (Yisrael Beitenu) following the Azmi Bishara affair.

MK Tartman hailed the vote: "Finally we see the Knesset reflecting what the majority in Israel longs for. With this bill we begin the process of regaining our self respect and fortitude as a nation and as a people."

MK Yuli Edelstein (Likud) slammed Olmert's decision to abstain as one motivated by political considerations rather than policy-driven ones. "From amidst his political wretchedness," he said, "Olmert is trying to cling to any sliver of support, making gestures even to anti-Zionist factions in the hopes they can prolong his survival even by mere days. It is surprising that while the majority of Kadima members supporting this bill, the prime minister abstained. It would appear that he has given up the search for supporters even in his own party."


MK Mohammad Barakeh (Hadash) slammed the bill as inherently racist. "The appalling surge of racist bills being approved by the Knesset has reached a new apex with the passing of this proposal with the coalition's blessing," he charged.


MK Ahmad Tibi (United Arab List – Ta'al) accused "corrupt MKs" of seeking "a Knesset without Arabs. Fellow party member Talab al-Sana said: "This is a primeval bill, tantamount to political persecution and
indicative of the depths to which the Knesset has sunk."


MK Orlev rejected the claims: "Visits to enemy nations constitute rallying in support of terror attacks against Israel. The Bishara affair and the incitement voiced by some of the Knesset's Arab members, like those who traveled to Syria and met with Hamas leaders – that does not fall under the category of free speech but rather an explicit show of support for armed attacks against Israel and encouraging terror against its citizens."

MK Petitions to Stop Money to Bishara

(IsraelNN.com) MK Danny Danon (Likud) has petitioned the Supreme Court to rule on stopping the continued transfer of public funds in the form of salary and other benefits to former Arab MK Azmi Bishara (Balad). Bishara is suspected of severe security-related and criminal offenses during the period leading up to and during the 2006 Lebanon War, and could face the maximum punishments for the charges against him (including the possibility of the death penalty).

In April 2007, Bishara resigned from the Knesset via the Israeli Embassy in Cairo and has remained outside of Israel since then, mainly in the Persian Gulf.


How can it be that a traitor that fled the country has continued for 14 months to still be paid his salary for being a member of Knesset?

How can the Arab members of Knesset call a bill that would criminalize meeting with the enemies of Israel racist?

How can Israel survive such stupidity?

If not allowing traitors in your governing body is racist then I am a racist, but I think that this bill should also apply to those members of Knesset that met with Fatah when it was still a crime to do so. Those traitors with the names of Peres, Belin, etc are even more troubling that names like Tibi, Baishara.

I want a Knesset without traitors, I don't care if the traitors are Arabs or Jews, if you meet the enemy, you are a traitor and have no place in the Knesset.

June 08, 2008

Madness And Suicide

Sunday, June 8, 2008 Qureia: Latrun also up for negotiation

Qureia: Latrun also up for negotiation
Top Palestinian envoy tells Palestinian reporters Israel has offered East
Jerusalem, Jordan River Valley, Dead Sea as part of land-swap offer
Roni Shaked YNET Published: 06.08.08, 09:28 / Israel News
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3553081,00.html

Israel has presented the Palestinian Authority with detailed maps proposing
a land-swap as the current round of talks moves ahead, the top Palestinian
negotiator, Ahmed Qureia, said on Saturday.

For some seven months now Qureia and his team have been meeting with their
Israeli counterparts, led by Foreign Affairs Minister Tzipi Livni.

"The negotiations are difficult, and they touch on all the issues we
disagree on," Qureia told Palestinian reporters. "On the borders, we agreed
that it will include the West Bank and Gaza Strip as one continuous
geographic unit linked by a secure corridor. The borders will include East
Jerusalem, the Jordan River Valley and the Dead Sea, as well as the pre-1967
demilitarized zone - like the Latrun area for example."

Qureia said he was doubtful that an agreement could be reached prior to the
end of US President George W. Bush's term in office at the end of this year.
"We would need an extraordinary effort or a miracle to reach that goal," he
said, "something that is not being aided by internal problems both in Israel
and on our side."

State officials in Jerusalem were quick to lower expectations and said
Qureia's statements should not be seen as indicative of any significant
breakthrough in the negotiations. At this point, say the officials, there is
very little progress being made on the core issues.

Livni's office declined to comment on closed-door negotiations.

"Until everything is agreed on, nothing has been agreed on. And beyond that,
the Palestinian's won't get everything they want," the minister's office
said. A long-time member of the negotiations team recalled this is not the
first time the 'demilitarized zone' has been brought up by the Palestinians,
which does indeed include Latrun. But, he said, Israel has refused to
discuss the matter.



In 1948 Jerusalem was starving because the Arabs held the fort at Latrun and the high ground along the road to Jerusalem.

Latrun sits well to the west of Jerusalem down the Judean Hills toward Tel Aviv, if Israel were to give up Latrun then Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport, Bet Shemesh would all be in missile and mortar range.

This is madness and suicide.

June 06, 2008

Top EU official hurt in Bil'in protest

West Bank: Vice President of European Parliament Luisa Morgantini hurt by IDF tear gas
Ali Waked

Diplomatic incident in West Bank: Vice President of the European Parliament Luisa Morgantini and Irish Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mairead Corrigan-Maguire were hurt Friday after inhaling tear gas during an anti-security fence protest in the West Bank village of Bil'in.

Later, Italian Judge Julio Toscano reportedly suffered head wounds after being hit by a tear gas grenade. The judge was taken to a Ramallah hospital for treatment.


According to protestors, dozens of the hundreds of demonstrators on hand were hurt by tear gas, while several were hit by gas canisters.
Former Palestinian National Security Advisor Jibril Rajoub and Palestinian Legislative Council Member Dr. Mustafa al-Barghouti were also hurt by tear gas.


The IDF said that about 70 Palestinians and left-wing activists took part in the protest and hurled stones at security forces, who used crowd dispersal means in response. Regarding Morgantini's condition, the army said that "those who take part in such protests and violate a closed military zone order should not be surprised to see the IDF respond with tear gas."


One of the protest organizers, Yonatan Pollak said that the army fired a "dazzling amount" of gas canisters, "about 30-40 per barrage."


The IDF said that it regretted the fact that "week after week large numbers of security forces need to deal with Israeli rioters, who turned public disturbances into a regular occurrence."


The army noted that the weekly protest forces it to divert troops from other tasks such as counter-terror operations and defense missions.


Anat Shalev contributed to the story


Why are the EU VIP's taking part in a Palestinian riot to begin with should be the question.

MERF Appearance

For those who would like to hear me on the radio, I am very pleased to announce that I will be having a weekly appearance on the Middle East Radio Forum, the show is hosted By William Wolf.

The time of the show is 3pm EDT, 12 noon Pacific and Arizona, 9pm Israel, every Sunday. Please feel free to call in if you have any questions about my weekly comments. If you should happen to miss the show then you can go to the MERF web page and listen to me and other guest in the archives.

You can listen to the show by going to the host radio program web page http://kknt960.townhall.com/

'Israel Will Have to Attack Iran on Its Own'


(IsraelNN.com) A diplomatic-security source in Israel said that "in the end, Israel will have to attack Iran in order to prevent it from achieving nuclear capability," Maariv-NRG reported Friday. The source is "well versed in materials connected with Iran's nuclear development, contacts between Israel and the U.S. and timetables."

The source and other senior officials think that the chance of a U.S. strike against Iran is growing slimmer as time goes by.

June 05, 2008

UN Secretary General's statement views Hamas targeted attacks of civilians same as IAF hitting civilian by mistake

5 June 2008 Secretary-General SG/SM/11619 www.un.org/News/Press/docs//2008/sgsm11619.doc.htm

Department of Public Information . News and Media Division . New York

Secretary-General condemns fatal attacks by militants, israelis

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General condemns the ongoing rocket and mortar attacks by
militant groups, including Hamas, from Gaza against crossing points and
Israeli civilian targets, which caused the death of an Israeli civilian and
four casualties today. He calls on Hamas and other militant groups to cease
such acts. He also reminds them that these actions, as well as attacks on
crossings, have detrimental implications for the Palestinian civilian
population in Gaza.

The Secretary-General also condemns the death of a Palestinian child and the
injury of its mother in Gaza as the result of Israeli Air Force (IAF) fire.
While recognizing Israel's right to self-defence, the Secretary-General
calls upon Israel to exercise maximum restraint, and reminds the IAF and the
Israel Defense Forces (IDF) of their responsibility to protect civilians
under international humanitarian law during military operations.



This is why the UN is worthless.


If the UN can't understand the difference between terrorist attacking a democracy and a democracy fighting to survive, then it is worthless.

June 04, 2008

Violence Strikes Close To Home

JPost.com Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST Jun. 3, 2008 www.jpost.com /servlet/Satellite?cid=1212041462542&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull


Earlier, an IDF soldier was moderately wounded by a Palestinian sniper
attack near the border of Gaza and Israel.

According to reports, the soldier - from the Engineering Corps - was engaged
in construction work along the security fence near the Kissufim crossing at
the time of the attack. He was evacuated by helicopter to Soroka Hospital
for treatment.

Hamas claimed responsibility for the shooting, but gave details which
differed slightly from the IDF account.

"We fired mortar shells, and the enemy reported that one soldier was
wounded," Hamas said.

Indeed, around the same time that the soldier was hurt, a mortar strike was
reported. However, the shell landed in an open area in the western Negev,
and did not cause any injuries or damage.

Meanwhile, a Katyusha rocket was fired by Palestinian terrorists at the
western Negev. The Russian-made projectile, the first of its kind to be
fired from Gaza, landed in an open area and did not cause casualties or
damage.



The soldier was struck in the shoulder with the rifle round shattering the bones of the shoulder.

This happened yesterday, but today the soldier was laughing with fellow soldiers that came to visit him, one of which was my son. Who visited this wounded soldier because he is his cousin and they grew up as neighbors playing soccer together and even baseball after my son spent one summer in the USA and returned to Israel with the baseball bug.

I will not use his name for security reasons, but I will wish him a speed recovery, get better soon.

June 03, 2008

Report: PA’s Anti-Jewish Propaganda Worse Than Before

29 Iyar 5768, 03 June 08 11:38


(IsraelNN.com) The anti-Jewish and anti-Israel propaganda found in Palestinian Authority textbooks in the past two years is worse than before, a committee has found. According to a report by the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education and the American Jewish Committee, textbooks used in PA schools improved somewhat after the death of former PA head Yasser Arafat, but the progress was quickly reversed following the 2006 Hamas win in the PA elections.

After Arafat died, the committee found, textbooks used in the eleventh grade showed maps that included Israel’s pre-1967 borders and included a mention of Jewish history in the region. Previous textbooks contained no maps including Israel and no mention of Jewish history in Israel. However, after Hamas’s victory new textbooks compared Jews to snakes and encouraged students to fight for “Palestine.”

PA officials responded by saying that textbooks were not a cause of anti-Israel sentiment. PA Arabs dislike Israel due to checkpoints and counterterrorism operations, they said, not propaganda.
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Anti-Christian 'Cleansing' Campaign Picks Up Pace in Gaza

Anti-Christian 'Cleansing' Campaign Picks Up Pace in Gaza 29 Iyar 5768, 03 June 08 11:33 by Gil Ronen

(IsraelNN.com) Attacks on Christian targets and those identified with Western culture have grown more frequent in Gaza in the past two years, and especially since the Hamas takeover in June 2007, experts say. The targets have included churches, Christian and United Nations schools, the American International School, libraries and Internet cafes.

The most recent incident occurred this past Saturday, May 31, when gunmen attacked the guards at the Al Manara school, stole a vehicle belonging to the Baptist Holy Book Society which operates the school and threatened the society's director. The Hamas leadership is not acting to stop the attacks and no one has been brought to justice.

Global jihad involvement
An Israeli intelligence report determined that there has been an increase in the number of attacks on Christian figures and institutions, as well as those associated with Western values. The attacks are being perpetrated by elements identified with the global jihad and radical Islam. In the past two years, groups associated with Al-Qaeda took responsibility for attacks upon Christians and Christian institutions with the expressly-stated goal of driving Christians out of Gaza.

The Christian community in Gaza numbers around 3,000. According to the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center at the Israel Intelligence Heritage & Commemoration Center (IICC), the attacks on Christians have included the following:

* May 18, 2008: a large bomb exploded at the entrance to a fast-food restaurant near Al-Quds Open University in the center of Gaza City. The restaurant was completely destroyed. According to the owner, it was the second time his establishment had been attacked.
* May 16, 2008: a bomb exploded in the Rahabat al-Wardia school run by nuns in the Tel al-Hawa neighborhood of Gaza City. Hamas condemned the incident and a call was made to the police to bring the criminals to justice. The previous year, when Hamas took over the Gaza Strip, the school was subjected to thefts and an arson attack.
* April 3, 2008: a monument in the Gaza Strip's foreign nationals' cemetery was blown up. Hamas promised to investigate.
* February 15, 2008: Three gunmen from the “Army of Islam in the Land of Ribat,” a network headed by Mumtaz Dughmush, broke into the YMCA library in Gaza City and set off a bomb which caused extensive damage. Hamas police condemned the event, calling it “a criminal act” and promising to investigate. The Hamas security forces detained a number of Army of Islam operatives but released them shortly thereafter, following a threat to use force to free them. After the event, senior Hamas figures met with senior Christian figures to express solidarity.
* January 10, 2008: a group called "Army of the Believers -- the Al-Qaeda Organization in Palestine,” attacked the International School in Beit Lahiya twice, burning vehicles and stealing equipment. According to a statement issued two days later, the school was accused of spreading polytheism and hatred for Islam. The attacks were timed to coincide with U.S. President George W. Bush's visit to Israel.
* December 31, 2007: the “Friends of the Sunnah Bayt al-Maqdis” issued a manifesto on the Pal-Today Website, affiliated with Islamic Jihad, threatening to attack anyone who participated in New Year's Eve celebrations.
* October 6, 2007, elements linked to Hamas abducted Rami Khadr Ayad from his home and shot him to death; he was a Christian who worked for the Holy Bible Society. The Hamas administration condemned the murder and opened an investigation whose results are so far unknown.
* June 19, 2007: during the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip Hamas gunmen attacked and vandalized a monastery and church.
* April 21, 2007: elements linked to the global jihad attacked the American International School in Gaza City.
* April 15, 2007: a group calling itself “The Swords of Truth in the Land of Ribat” set off bombs in two Internet cafes and a store selling Christian books, causing damage.



Yes of course the Palestinians deserve a state, President Bush if you are unwilling to stand up to the evil that is the Palestinian society for Jews then what about Christians.

3 Palestinian Police Stations Opened


Tuesday, June 3, 2008


IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UPDATE

Three Palestinian Police Stations Opened as Part of Easing of Restrictions

Three Palestinian police stations were opened today in the villages of
Tammun, Al-Fa'ra and Al-Aqaba, southeast of Jenin, following the Defense
Minister's and Chief of Staff's approval of the plan to ease restrictions
for Palestinians in Judea and Samaria. So far 10 police stations were opened
out of the 20 stations planned.

The Palestinian police will be responsible for enforcing criminal and public
law among the villages in the region.

The stations were opened following meetings of IDF and Civil Administration
officers with the Palestinian Authority security officials in the region.
Similar meetings are expected later this week.


Just what Israel needs more guns on the ground that one day can be turned against Israeli's.

Palestinians with guns is a disaster waiting to happen, one day these guns will be turned on Jews mark my words.

June 02, 2008

US renews opposition to new Israeli settlements


US renews opposition to new Israeli settlements

On eve of Olmert's visit to Washington, White House spokeswoman says Israel's plan to build some 900 more houses in east Jerusalem 'exacerbates the tensions when it comes to the negotiations with the Palestinians'. UN chief: Continued settlement construction is contrary to international law, Annapolis process
News Agencies

The White House warned Israel Monday against plans to build 884 more houses in east Jerusalem, saying building such settlements "exacerbates the tensions" with the Palestinians.

"Our position on the settlements is that, you know, we don't believe that any more settlements should be built. And we know that it exacerbates the tensions when it comes to the negotiations with the Palestinians," said spokeswoman Dana Perino.



Let's throw the peace process into the garbage bin of history where it belongs.

Jews must build in all parts of our land.

ISA & ISRAEL POLICE FOIL PLOT BY 3 ARAB RESIDENTS OF LOD TO KIDNAP AND MURDER AN IDF SOLDIER

(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Office)

2 June 2008

The following has been permitted for publication:

During April and May 2008, the Israel Security Agency and the Israel Police
arrested the following three men from Lod: Amir Nafar, 20 (studying sharia
at a Jordanian university); Iman Kadura, 26; and Yassin Hinawi, 19, for
conspiring to abduct and murder an IDF soldier in order to bargain for the
release of Palestinian security prisoners. They planned to video the
abducted soldier, murder him and hide his body.

Last December, during the Eid al-Adha holiday, Amir Nafar invited his
co-conspirators to a secret and urgent meeting in the Great Mosque in Lod.
There, Nafar explained his support for the idea of jihad and said that it
was every Muslim's duty to uphold the precept of jihad against the infidels.
After Kadura and Hinawi expressed their support for jihad, Nafar proposed
that they perpetrate the aforesaid abduction and murder. Kadura expressed
his support and began to save money for the terrorist attack whereas Hinawi
did not respond to the proposal.

Their investigation shows that Nafar, Kadura and Hinawi are extremists who
were heavily influenced by fanatic Islamic elements. They were familiar
with the Islamic Movement led by Sheikh Raad Salah. Nafar went to study
sharia in Jordan and was exposed to radical Islamic ideas and influences
that likely spurred him into terrorist activity.

The three will be indicted today (Monday), 2.6.08, in the Petah Tikva
District Court. Nafar and Kadura will be charged with aiding the enemy in
wartime and criminal conspiracy. Hinawi will be charged with failing to
report a crime.vandals and malicious content

June 01, 2008

True Words

Police: Gaydamak Interview May Have Contained Threats

(IsraelNN.com) Police announced Sunday night that Russian-Israeli billionaire Arcadi Gaydamak may have violated the law in a recent interview with Maariv. Gaydamak’s comments, including an accusation that Israel has become “a police state,” may have included threats and insults against a public worker, officials said.

“We are living in a police state,” Gaydamak said several days ago, “Police captains have a lot of power in Israel.” Most police captains do excellent work, he said, but “a number of officials working in the financial division” abuse their power and persecute innocent civilians. Several of those officials are “liars,” he said.

Police have recently questioned Gaydamak in connection with a money laundering case involving a branch of Bank HaPoalim in Tel Aviv. Investigators have announced that they believe they will have sufficient evidence to bring Gaydamak to trial when the investigation concludes.



If speaking out and calling Israel a police state is a crime, then guess what it has become a police state.

We need to break the power of the state and put the power into the hands of the people where it should have been to begin with.

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